St. Clair Shores couple’s mission to help Ukraine is expanding: How to get involved

About one month ago, Tony Pate left his Saint Clair Shores home and traveled to Ukraine to deliver medical supplies he collected out of his garage. Now he's set to make another trip as more than 200-tons of supplies have come from Southeast Michigan, and as you can imagine, that type of collection takes up a lot of space.

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – About one month ago, Tony Pate left his St. Clair Shores home and traveled to Ukraine to deliver medical supplies he collected out of his garage.

Now he’s set to make another trip as more than 200-tons of supplies have come from Southeast Michigan, and as you can imagine, that type of collection takes up a lot of space.

“Not my normal job, but we took the challenge, and we’re running with it,” said Pate.

Read: St. Clair Shores man makes it to Poland with supplies to help people in Ukraine

Pate returned home to St. Clair Shores from Ukraine over the weekend with one thing in mind: how to get the necessities into the hands of people who need them the most.

“As far as medical supplies, not enough gauze or tape,” Pate said.

His garage is not spacey enough for the donations he’s taking in. So Pate will soon be storing some of those items at the St. Clair Shores Civic Area.

While Ukraine supplies its soldiers, Pate has been building emergency medical kits for guards.

And that’s not all.

He and others from our area supply hospitals and field hospitals with desperately needed medical supplies.

His return to the states comes as reports of civilian causalities in Buchas draw outrage, condemnation, and sorrow.

“Now we’re starting to share that to show the reality of the brutality of what’s going on down there,” Pate said.

“I just wish it would stop,” said wife Lyudmila Pate.

Lyudmila Pate was moved by what she saw and the help that kept coming.

“I want to cry every day,” said Lyudmila Pate. “It’s so hard to see every day. Read the news story.”

The Pate’s are looking for the following donations:

  • Tourniquets, sleeping bags/pads
  • Medical scissors
  • Chest seal bandages
  • Quick clot
  • Gauze/bandages
  • Alcohol preps
  • Splints
  • Medical tape
  • Bandages
  • Solar cell phone chargers
  • Powdered Gatorade
  • Beef jerk
  • Military meals or MRE’s
  • Socks (black or brown)
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Work gloves
  • Binoculars
  • Body armor
  • Helmets

You can drop off donations at the Saint Clair Shores Civic Area seven days a week between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. at 20000 Stephens Street.

If you’d like, you could sponsor a soldier.

With the help of volunteers and businesses, $250 will give a soldier full body armor and a medical field kit. For more information, call 517-402-3648.


About the Authors:

Pamela Osborne is thrilled to be back home at the station she grew up watching! You can watch her on Local 4 News Sundays and weeknights. Pamela joined the WDIV News Team in February 2022, after working at stations in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.