The Russia-Ukraine war has affected millions of people fighting for their country and millions more fleeing their homeland to protect their families, leaving loved ones and possessions behind. It has also affected people here in Western New York, as we watch this tragedy unfold before our eyes in graphic news reports. For Ukrainian-Americans in our community, many with family and friends in Ukraine, it is an especially heart wrenching time.

Inspired by Ukrainian-American members of our Catholic Health family and a chance meeting close to home that left a lasting impression (Find your Yanna), our health system is joining two humanitarian relief efforts to support the people of Ukraine. In Catholic Health, we have a number of Ukrainian-American clinicians and service professionals working throughout our system.

How You Can Help

Over the past few weeks, this war has spurred an ever-growing refugee crisis, leaving many vulnerable families in need of basic supplies, and our associates and others in our community asking, “What can we do to help?”  In an effort to show our support for the citizens of Ukraine, Catholic Health is collecting supplies and monetary donations to send to the impacted communities. The community is invited to join in this collection effort.

Based on recommendations from our associates, the following items will be collected and sent to the Ukrainian Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, where they will be packaged and shipped to relief teams in Ukraine, as well as refugee locations. All donations must be new, in original packaging, unopened, and with an expiration date no greater than six months.

  • Baby food (cereal & pouches)
  • Powdered baby formula
  • Baby wipes
  • Blankets (baby & adult)
  • Diapers (baby & adult)
  • Feminine products
  • Granola & protein bars (boxed, not singles)

From now until April 7th, donation drop-offs can be made at the following locations:

Catholic Health ARTC
144 Genesee Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
6 am – 7 pm, Monday – Saturday

Ukrainian Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
200 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227
4:30 – 7:00 pm, Monday – Thursday

Monetary donations can be made to the Ukrainian American Freedom Foundation, a non-profit organization providing medical and humanitarian aid to war victims in Ukraine. For more information or to make a monetary donation, visit

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