From Middletown to Ukraine

To all who cared and helped, Дякуємо (Thank you)!

Our community asked; You delivered! More than 7 tons in firefighting equipment and medical supplies were donated on April 9 and April 10 at the South Fire District.

And it’s arrived! Lviv volunteers excitedly began unpacking the equipment and supplies, ready to distribute them and put them to work to support their community.

Businesses, fire fighters, EMTs, and friends and neighbors came together to help Ukraine emergency personnel with much needed items and equipment … and an outpouring of fellowship and love.

We extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the many people, businesses, and organizations who donated items, to the incredible partners and sponsors who helped make it happen (from signs, banners, and boxes to packing the shipping container, transporting it to New Jersey and then over the ocean to get to Ukraine).

You can see a photo show

of the volunteers in action

in our Video section HERE


Dr. Kuzma with Senator Blumenthal and volunteers of the South Fire District and Community Health Center

A highlight of the equipment drive was Dr. Marika Kuzma singing the Ukrainian National Anthem (be sure to click on the photo slideshow link above to hear her tribute to Ukraine!)

We thank the many news and media outlets in our region for highlighting this incredible community effort – you can see the coverage at the various links below

Supplies being collected:

Ukrainian recipients react:

Haddam Killingworth Middle School joined in the effort, hosting an auxiliary site for local donations that were then delivered to the South Fire District drive. The students also created thank you cards for everyone involved and shared their thoughts, hopes, and wishes for the people of Ukraine.

Middletown South District Fire Chief James Trzaski and Gary Wallace, Community Health Center, helped spread the word on Fox61 in preparation for the event in April –

Other coverage included an update on, “Medical Supplies Collected In Middletown For First Responders In Ukraine”

This event has truly been a community at work TOGETHER! Please give a Round of Applause to everyone involved in the planning, the staging, the packing, the shipping, and sharing information and hope with our friends in Ukraine:

South Fire District, Middletown, CT South District Firefighters IAFF 3918
Lviv Fire Department (Ukraine) Community Health Center
Wesleyan University Community Foundation of Middlesex County
Keystone Paper Box Action Moving and Storage
Sign Mart Home Depot
Haddam Killingworth Middle School Middletown Police Department
NEON Deli Meest
Connecticut Fire Departments UHAUL
Dr. Marika Kuzma Community Self Help
Senator Richard Blumenthal Mayor Ben Florsheim, Middletown

Various News Media Outlets for sharing information about the event and shining a positive light on a community that cares and comes together.

The many Volunteers who took time to share their talents and to help during the drive.

The generous Donors who supported the Ukrainian Firefighters Equipment Fund at CFMC to help with more equipment and supplies.

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