|Bulletproof vests and Kevlar helmets
At St. John Byzantine Catholic Church in St. Catharines, emotions and frustration about the unjust conflict in Ukraine are running high.To get more news about bulletproof zone, you can visit bulletproofboxs.com official website.
“It’s not a war, it’s an invasion,” Rev. Anton Szymychalski said at the church on Wednesday morning.
But there is also an air of hope as donations pour in from across the Niagara Region to support the people and soldiers defending the democratic nation.
“It’s been amazing, really, the turnout for volunteers and people donating. Everyone’s got some sort of a connection to Ukraine right now, whether they are Ukrainian or not,” donation organizer Laryssa Doig said.
The church has been collecting medical, military and cash donations to send directly to Ukraine. It raised more than $60,000 in five days to pay for shipping, buy supplies and make direct donations to Ukrainian charities.They have already shipped 600 boxes of supplies to the embattled country, Doig said.
But they will be doing this until the war is ended and need to tap into Niagara-on-the-Lake’s generous spirit to help as many people as possible, she said.
“If we can rally as a community in Niagara-on-the-Lake, that would be amazing,” Doig said.She referenced NOTL’s distinct military history in Canada and said residents should see their desire to help Ukraine as an extension of that past.
“The war history is there. I know no one has lived through it like this. But, you go to the museum, you go to Fort George, it’s all part of the history, regardless.”
The church is looking for specific supplies right now in the form of military, medical aid and cash donations.
Items include: trauma medical supplies, Polysporin with antibiotics, Kevlar helmets and bulletproof vests, among many others.
A full list can be found on the church’s Facebook page,
Doig realizes not everyone has Kevlar helmets and vests lying around their home and encourages individuals to join with their neighbours to purchase such supplies.
“Anyone from Niagara-on-the-Lake, if you want to match up with your neighbour or bring in a monetary donation. Money is huge, because it’s going there almost immediately,” she said.