Charities Effectively Helping In Ukraine

By How Miller

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Charities large and small have been scrambling to keep pace with the surge in needs in Ukraine. Besides the good charities that you are donating to, you might be asking yourself if there are some who are delivering critical goods and services right now, where and when it is needed in Ukraine.

Direct Relief Logo

On the large end: Direct Relief has earned a 4/4 Star rating on Charity Navigator. This charitable organization is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA. Check out their website at for news and compelling pictures. Here is a quote today from their Facebook page: “This week, 133 pallets worth of medical aid left Direct Relief’s warehouse for distribution to Ukraine. Included in the shipments were 23 pallets of cancer treatment meds to the Ministry of Health in Ukraine, and a fourth 50-bed field hospital content kit donated from California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

Since February 24, Direct Relief has provided medical aid weighing more than 300 tons in weight and including over 61 million defined doses of medication to the country, with more on the way”.

In case you don’t think they have a large part of their focus on Ukraine, take a look at the flags in the picture below, which I took of the front of their building on 4.30.22, a Saturday.

Direct Relief office displaying the flag of Ukraine next to the U.S. Flag

Doctors Without Borders/Medecines sans Frontieres (MSF): For up to date info on what they have been urgently doing lately, visit their website

Long known for going anywhere, including very dangerous places where conflict is depriving citizens of much needed medical care, this four-star rated charity is very much akin to what SF medics do, except they don’t have the luxury of sometimes having an A team to protect them. Many of these amazing medical professionals die in war zones doing what they can and saving many lives.

From their website: “MSF has a longstanding presence in Ukraine, incl