We’ve had many updates lately regarding our efforts to bring food and supplies to the citizens of Ukraine as they struggle through the harsh realities of wartime living. But today, we’d also like to update you on what we’re doing to help save the lives of Ukrainian military members – the heroes who are working hard to keep their fellow citizens safe from harm and maintain control of their country and their freedom.
GreaterGood’s CEO, Tim Kunin, is currently in Ukraine on a mission to distribute much-needed tourniquets to military members.
Over the last several months, requests have been coming in for tourniquets and medical supplies to help save the lives of Ukrainian military members. We’ve made a few shipments of medical supplies to Ukraine and have even received messages of thanks from those who received them, but this time, the request was more personal.
Attorney Natali Popova, who runs a charity called MARLOG, met Kunin during one of his previous trips to the country, and she recently wrote to him directly to request assistance:
“Dear Mr. Tim, Good day! Our soldiers from the war, from Bakhmut, are very much asking for tourniquets to save lives. Many [use tourniquets] every day – many early. If you have the opportunity, please help 🙏”
Well, we certainly couldn’t turn up our noses in the face of such a desperate need. So Kunin traveled to Ukraine with a fresh batch of USA-made and self-administrable combat application tourniquets. He says he hand-carried many of them in his own luggage to save on shipping costs, enabling our donors’ gifts to fund more supplies. On his first day in the country, he gave away 200 of them.
Kunin reports that our tourniquets are based on an Israeli design but made with the best materials. Similar products “have a problem with the windlass part breaking when it is tightened, which can kill the patient,” but the high-quality USA-made products we’ve purchased and shipped to Ukraine do not have that issue, for which the receiving parties are grateful.
“This is our third and largest shipment and represents the donations of our customers who have purchased the benefit buy,” Tim says.
Kunin is now on his way to Zaphorizhzhia, where he hopes to be able to give us more information about this project and the many other ways we’re assisting the Ukrainian people. He’s looking into purchasing more Ukrainian-made products for our stores in order to help employ Ukrainians during a time when unemployment in Ukraine is “tremendous.”
“We will soon become the exclusive distributor of the largest selling Ukrainian-made wool-blend scarf brand in the USA,” Kunin writes.
As we continue to help the Ukrainian people and their military heroes in any way we can, we hope we can count on you to join us in giving where it matters most. Please consider making a donation today.