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Bayonne to help people of Ukraine

The city will collect needed items at a trailer at City Hall

Ukrainains take shelter from Russian attacks in subway stations in Kyiv. Photo via Drop of Light for Shutterstock.

Bayonne will begin collecting goods to help the people of Ukraine, according to Mayor James Davis. The move of support for Ukrainians comes after Russian Federation forces invaded the country on Feb. 24 at the direction of Vladimir Putin.

“The people of Ukraine are fighting to preserve their democracy, freedom, and independence,” Davis said. “They need our help desperately.”

According to Davis, the people of Ukraine are in desperate need of supplies as many have been displaced by the war.

“More than a million Ukrainians have fled from their homes,” Davis said. “They are living in bomb shelters, subways, and refugee camps. They need support from the outside world. We can help send Ukrainians the things they need to get by from day to day. I am sure that the people of Bayonne will respond to this urgent humanitarian cause.”

There are some basic items that are needed in Ukraine including: clothing, baby clothes, diapers and related products, sleeping bags, pillows, food, water, toothpaste, soap, and other hygiene products, as well as first aid materials.

Beginning Friday, March 4, the Bayonne will park a trailer in front of City Hall at 630 Avenue C. The trailer will accept donations of the listed items Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., until further notice.

“I would like to thank the people of Bayonne in advance for their generosity to the people of Ukraine,” Davis said. “We have a responsibility to help them at this time of great human need. I am confident that the people of Bayonne will come through for Ukraine at this crucial hour.”

Amid the war, the city has been rallying around Ukraine and its citizens. Bayonne is home to a sizable Ukrainian population, which has responded to the war with solidarity and prayer gatherings and the city hosting a candlelight vigil on March 3 in front of City Hall. Now the city continues it support of Ukraine through the collection of essential goods.

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