St. Clair Shores man returns from volunteer work in Ukraine

After 5,000 miles to Ukraine and back, Anthony Pate is gearing up for another trip, taking a variety of items -- from clothes to medicine.

Tony’s wife is Ukrainian. Their garage has been converted to a sorting headquarters as volunteers organize donations. Tons of boxes will be flown via a cargo plane to Poland. From there, to the people that need it most in Ukraine.

“There’s been a tremendous amount of help from friends and family and volunteers. Just putting together medical supplies and humanitarian aid,” Pate insisted.

Many have asked Pate the question as to why he’s motivated to help.

“A lot of people are apprehensive to jump on a plane and fly to foreign country, let alone cross a border into a war zone. It’s because we can actually make a difference,” Pate explained.

Although one trip has already been made, more work needs to be done. Ukraine is still in need of a specific set of items.

“We’re looking for bandages and medical supplies. Grocery stores were very, very picked over in most of Ukraine and especially out in the small villages where I went to see family members,” Pate added.

Pate is set to return to Ukraine in just a week.

Items mainly needed include:

  • Aspirin
  • Advil
  • Tylenol
  • Cold medicine
  • Vitamins
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin c
  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Medical tape
  • Bandaids
  • Peroxide
  • Neosporin
  • Vaseline
  • Splints
  • Ace bandages
  • Cotton balls
  • Saline imigation
  • Syringes imigation style
  • Medical scissors
  • Benedryl
  • Alcohol Preps
  • Tourniquets
  • Occlusive dressings
  • Adhesive dressings
  • Quick clot
  • I.V. Start kit and saline bags
  • Yellow Duct Tape
  • Euro Power adapter
  • Flashlights and batteries -- NO LITHIUM

Those hoping to donate can get in contact with Tony at 517-402-3648.

About the Author:

Victor Williams joined Local 4 News in October of 2019 after working for WOIO in Cleveland, OH, WLOX News in Biloxi, MS, and WBBJ in Jackson, TN. Victor developed a love for journalism after realizing he was a great speaker and writer at an early age.