The Finnish Red Cross clothing aid on its way to Ukraine

Outi Amanor
Two trucks were loaded with over 35,000 kilos of clothing.
Image: Outi Amanor

The situation is worsening for Ukraine’s internal refugees as the weather is getting colder. As a result, all the winter clothes available at the Finnish Red Cross logistics centre in Kalkku, Tampere were loaded onto trucks bound for Ukraine.

The two trucks departing from Tampere were loaded with 1,124 bales of clothing, totalling over 35,000 kg of clothes. The trucks are expected to arrive at the city of Dnipropetrovsk in Ukraine early this week. There the Ukrainian Red Cross will be receiving the shipment.

Over 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the areas of Lugansk and Donetsk in Ukraine. Many of the country’s internal refugees are in need of warm shelter as winter approaches.

In order to help Ukrainians prepare for the winter, the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC has supplied over 5,000 households in the Lugansk area with provisions for fixing roofs and windows. In addition to this, the ICRC has sent building materials, such as glass, cement and roof tiles to the Slavyansk area to help in the repair of houses and buildings.

In parts of eastern Ukraine, power and water distribution networks have been damaged or destroyed as a result of fighting. The ICRC has assisted in the repair of water and sewage systems and provided emergency aid in the area in the form of mobile water distribution equipment.

Kontti Second Hand Department Stores organise a clothing drive

The stocks of the Finnish Red Cross logistics centre in Kalkku are currently nearly empty. Because of this, the chain of Kontti Second Hand Department Stores of the Finnish Red Cross is organising a clothing drive to provide more aid to Ukraine. Warm clothing is particularly in demand due to the approaching winter.

All donated clothing is sorted and packed before delivery. The Finnish Red Cross provides clothing aid in the form of clean and intact everyday clothing. The collection boxes for clothing to be sent to Ukraine are marked with signs at all Kontti Second Hand Department Stores.