How Can WE Support Displaced Ukrainians?

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Between the worries and uncertainty of the war in Ukraine, we’ve been trying to think of what it must be like.  Naturally Mandy thinks about the mothers fleeing with their children and I think of all the men who were left behind.

Between our worries and utter disbelief, I’ve been trying to think about how we - the etee family - can help.

Last week I got an email from my friend Jason asking for support.  He served in the middle east, has a background in logistics and is collecting items to fill a plane so he can distribute them to:

“some of the hundreds of thousands of displaced Ukrainians currently lacking access to basic necessities, as well as victims of the conflict. I need your help.”

In a call with the RED CROSS we got some clarity on what to put in the requested HYGIENE kits.  The answer?

  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrushes and paste
  • Feminine hygiene products

Awesome - we now stock ALL of those items - including the feminine hygiene products.

What’s even more interesting is that the RED CROSS said LIQUID PRODUCTS LIKE SHAMPOO are difficult to transport and distribute because they’re heavy and prone to leaking.

DISASTER RELIEF DOESN’T HAVE TO HURT OUR PLANET!

The last 2 years demonstrated that the quickest and easiest response to a crisis often results in more plastic pollution and environmental waste.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In this situation, it appears our shampoo bars and chewpaste are actually EASIER TO DISTRIBUTE because they are lighter and more durable than plastic packaged liquids.  

SO WHERE DO YOU FIT IN?

We were thinking that for the next week we would donate a hygiene kit for each order placed.  Have a look at the chart below for details.

Would you support this project?  How can we make it bigger and more impactful?  LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW

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  • Congradulations for your Innovations award!! The pods are special! I don’t need anything, but will in the future of course.

    Stephanie Davis on
  • I missed the week that you were doing the donation for Ukrainian refugees. Are you going to do it again or was it a one time thing? I just placed an order and I didn’t see anything about making a donation. I am making other monetary donations to Poland but I thought the Etee products were a great idea and would like to help send that as well if you are doing it again.

    Tamara on
  • Great idea . Refugees could get something to take w them to whatever , awesome family, shelter, center that they go to . I hope that with having shampoo in solid form they know it is shampoo. If you have a Ukrainian church you could ask someone to write it in Ukrainian and tape/staple /glue to item.
    So my purchase is several weeks from your thoughts on doing these donations. Have you done this yet?
    Local Red Red Cross could be the middle person to get donations to the correct endpoint

    Marcy on
  • Great idea . Refugees could get something to take w them to whatever , awesome family, shelter, center that they go to . I hope that with having shampoo in solid form they know it is shampoo. If you have a Ukrainian church you could ask someone to write it in Ukrainian and tape/staple /glue to item.
    So my purchase is several weeks from your thoughts on doing these donations. Have you done this yet?
    Local Red Red Cross could be the middle person to get donations to the correct endpoint

    Marcy on
  • 1. Needs to happen quickly- need is now
    2. Direct donation option for money and/or items should be added
    3. Donation with purchase also good idea

    Tracy Zullo on
  • I would prefer a direct donation to the kits without having to purchase anything.

    Pat Gallagher on
  • I would prefer a direct donation to the kits without having to purchase anything.

    Pat Gallagher on
  • I would prefer to purchase kits to donate or give a dollar amount. As much as I need to purchase things for myself, I can’t possibly think of myself in a time like this.

    Jennifer White on
  • Can we donate just for the hygiene kit(s) without other purchase? Or donate to a pool used to purchase hygiene kits?

    Susan Leanna Stallard on
  • What about doing this as you’ve set it out and also giving the option for people to donate any cash amount, using those funds to supply products. People could do either or both. Maybe give the option of people donating the difference needed to get to free shipping. Or have an add on area on the checkout page – click here to donate a bar of soap; click here to donate shampoo, etc. Little bits add up.

    Nicole on

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