Stuffing easter baskets had a different theme this year for our families. This time we focused on things such as Bleedstop, tourniquets, and gauze, rather than the usual salo, yajko, kovbasa basket combo. With generous support from our followers, we were able to continue successful deliveries and distribution of medical supplies via France through collaboration with Western Ukrainian Academy of Pediatrics. Founding lead team of WUAP is depicted with some of the supplies they redistributed to displaced people and those on the frontlines.
With expansion of collaborations and extensive networking, we were able to accumulate a load of critical aid that required another personal delivery by the author of this post. This time, I did not take the closest direct flight from Salt Lake City to Paris, reloading supplies onto a cargo bus that spent over a day in the border crossing line. I took a longer connecting flight to Warsaw, and then got to drive to western Ukraine for two and a half days, on a faster track of the medical aid delivery van. I got to meet the people helping refugees on the Polish side, and those who service the army personally. A separate post will follow describing the details of journey, delivery, and new connections.
Additional details will follow about the artists that joined our Arts for Meds to Support Ukraine program. Direct Impact Collective has acquired and brought from Ukraine original mixed media artwork, and a photojournalistic exhibit featuring Azov Army. We obtained photo reprints, and established print contracts that will support our fundraising activities. Additional reprints are being prepared for an art festival in England.
Thanks to incredible hard work by our brilliant IT team, we have released Arts for Meds on three different online platforms. A dedicated Art and Photo Online Studio Rusivlan, a Gallery of Collections featured on Fine Arts America, and a dedicated online store website that will take art reprint orders with 100% of proceeds going towards our non-profit activities. We continue our work and are staying current with the needs of Ukrainians affected by the war. At this moment it is done through organizing art exhibits, and through continuing raising funds that support our mission to serve Ukrainian people with necessary assistance in their times of need.