With the collection of donations and their delivery to the Ukrainian civilian population, the association “Tavi draugi” has been active since the beginning of the war, and trips to the Ukrainian border are no longer counted, but this time the cargo will be delivered to the hospitals directly.
On Tuesday, their warehouse on Ventspils Street in Riga was full of people packing donations for another cargo of aid to Ukraine.
Retiree Guntra, met by LTV, donates regularly. She said: “I understand if we don't help, we won't win together. And we're trying very hard. I also tell neighbors to come help because if Ukraine doesn't win... I got an e-mail asking for help, especially women's, men's underwear, and then I realized I definitely had to come.”
While volunteers were still packing food and sorting out hygiene products, a truck was waiting outside. It will transport the donated aid for the reconstruction of the operation room at the Makarov hospital. The truck is also filled with sick beds.
Berzins said: “There are currently an awful lot of injured people [in Ukraine], and even people are being brought to Latvia and treated. For them, this is the most pressing topic at the moment, so we also support these hospitals. This time I'll go myself and take it directly to the hospital's door, I'll pass it on myself."
Drivers predict that donations will reach hospitals this Thursday.