Many institutions, including schools, orphanages, and medical clinics, have asked for help in coping with the shallow temperatures and the inability to produce food as Ukraine is being torn by sub-zero temperatures, snow, and the ongoing scarcity of energy caused by the war.
A group of United Hatzalah volunteers arrived on Tuesday to deliver the first batch of roughly 100 potent generators to institutions like Kyiv, Uman, Lviv, and Odesa. CEO Eli Pollak and Vice President of Operations Dov Maisel accompanied them.
The organization anticipates that this distribution, expected to last until Thursday, will be the first of several planned as part of a more extensive campaign.
United Hatzalah has been coordinating relief operations on several fronts around the nation ever since the war in Ukraine began in February 2022.
As part of “Operation Orange Wings,” the group organized aircraft to deliver more than 145 tons of food, medication, and humanitarian aid to refugees, hospitals, and Jewish communities as well as doctors, EMTs, and members of the group’s Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit.
On their return journeys, these flights have carried people out of the conflict zone, relocating more than 3,000 refugees to new homes in Israel.
Vice President of Operations for United Hatzalah Dov Maisel remarked, “It’s critical to comprehend the impact one generator can have on a facility sheltering hundreds of children.
Most of these structures feature gas heaters that circulate hot water throughout them.
One generator will be sufficient to power all of the building’s electrical requirements and the heaters and pumps that will allow hot water to circulate throughout the structure.
As a result, hundreds of kids will now have access to adequate heat, light, and electricity for various uses in each site.
CEO of United Hatzalah Eli Pollak recalled, “One of our first trips yesterday was in an orphanage where 100 Jewish youngsters dwell.
“The kids pounced on us and hugged us when we entered one of the rooms in the main building that was housing one of the generators.
I will never forget when a sweet 7-year-old girl named Sasha walked up to me, hugged me, and said in Hebrew: “Thank you for coming to save us.”
This is just the start of a much larger program that will benefit individuals from all backgrounds, Jewish and non-Jewish and distribute hundreds of generators throughout Ukraine.