WMUR and statewide partners team up to support Ukrainian refugees

How Alex Ray ended up in Poland to make his way to Ukraine began at his home in New Hampshire, where the founder of The Common Man restaurant family watched the war unfold. “It’s a terrible thing. It’s disastrous and I didn’t know what to do, Ray said. As a member of a Rotary club in New Hampshire, he decided to contact other Rotarians in Poland. “And find Rotary and see if they help us – just one connection and they’ve gone too far by us,” Ray said. While in a warehouse in Poland, Ray got to see how the first funds he raised turned into relief supplies. eyes, even carrying them to the refugees in their own arms. “We’ve been to Ukraine, but we haven’t taken pictures of the damage – we know what it looks like,” Ray said. “So we talked to people – ‘what can we do? “”He said shipping relief supplies was not an effective option. projects. News 9 learns that training is already underway for trauma counseling which will take place at a child care center for refugee children in Poland. The funds will be used to renovate an orphanage in Ukraine, purchase a blood pump to be used where the hospital is destroyed, helping Rotary International meet emergency medical and educational needs and make food deliveries in Ukraine. “So we’re helping them with food, it’s two truckloads a week at $20,000 per truckload,” Ray said. Ray’s initial efforts have now evolved into “New Hampshire Relief for Ukraine”. as he pledges to match up to $1 million in donations raised with the help of partners WMUR, iHeart Radio, Granite United Way and other familiar faces in the state like former Governor John Lynch . “So we have the option to give $2 million and the money goes directly to the refugees,” Ray said. “There are no administrative fees involved and that means a lot.” Checks should be made payable to Granite United Way order with “NH 4 Ukraine” on the memo line Checks can be sent to: Granite United Way22 Concord St.Manchester, NH 03101

How Alex Ray ended up in Poland to make his way to Ukraine began at his home in New Hampshire, where the founder of The Common Man restaurant family watched the war unfold.

“It’s a terrible thing. It’s disastrous and I didn’t know what to do,” Ray said.

As a member of a Rotary club in New Hampshire, he decided to reach out to other Rotarians in Poland.

“And find Rotary and see if they would help us – just one connection and they went too far with us,” Ray said.

A few weeks ago, Ray, along with granite staters Susan Mathison and Lisa Mure, flew to Warsaw on a reconnaissance mission to find out how New Hampshire could help.

While in a warehouse in Poland, Ray got to see how the first funds he raised turned into relief supplies.

Bearing the stamp of the Rotary Club of Plymouth, New Hampshire, the Granite State team then traveled across Ukraine to see these supplies delivered with their own eyes, even carrying them to refugees in their own arms.

“We went to Ukraine, but we didn’t take pictures of the damage – we know what it looks like,” Ray said. “So we talked to people – ‘what can we do? “”

He said shipping relief supplies was not an effective option.

So he came up with a plan for Rotarians in Poland to spend the money raised in New Hampshire on specific projects.

News 9 learns that training is already underway for trauma counseling which will take place at a child care center for refugee children in Poland.

The funds will be used to renovate an orphanage in Ukraine, buy a blood pump for use where the hospital is destroyed, help Rotary International meet emergency medical and educational needs, and make food deliveries in Ukraine. .

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New Hampshire Relief for Ukraine services and items will be funded.

“So we help them with food, it’s two truckloads a week at $20,000 per truckload,” Ray said.

Ray’s initial efforts have now blossomed into “New Hampshire Relief for Ukraine” as he pledges to match up to $1 million in donations raised with the help of partners WMUR, iHeart Radio, Granite United Way and other familiar faces in the state like former Governor John Lynch.

“So we have the option to donate $2 million and the money will go directly to the refugees,” Ray said. “There are no administrative costs involved and that means a lot.”

To donate, visit this link or text “NH4Ukraine” to 41444.

Donors can also mail a check, if they prefer. Checks should be made payable to Granite United Way with “NH 4 Ukraine” on the memo line. Checks can be sent to:

  • Granite Centraide
  • 22 Concord St.
  • Manchester, NH 03101

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