On Wednesday, donations were accepted at Rātslaukums, and on Thursday at the supermarket AKROPOLE Alfa. Friday, donations will be accepted at the Spice shopping mall. On Thursday, there was a line of donors before the bus arrived. Several took advantage of the possibility of shopping in the supermarket and delivering the purchase at once as a donation to the bus.
Donors shared their motivation for donating:
It's hard over there. There's a lot of warmth in those boxes, we think good thoughts and cross our fingers.
You can't otherwise. I've been following the events and support of Ukraine all the time, wish them endurance and victory will be theirs.
I like the Ukrainians. Good luck to them. I want to give them my all.
I suffered very much with Ukraine, I hate war because I experienced it myself. A lot of things I brought, I still have a full house.
Donation coordinators acknowledged that the people's response was great. Some donors have even arrived several times.
“There are different donations. A lady brought firestarters. There are children's well-wishes that will warm very many hearts,” said Maija Gredzena, coordinator of the Riga Support Centre.
On Thursday, the response was so great that another bus was delivered to accept the donations. Friday, between 12:00 and 20:00 the donations are accepted at the shopping mall Spice.
As reported by LSM, Riga City Council has decided to donate another 10 Mercedes-Benz brand buses from the local government company Rīgas Satiksme in order to help rebuild the Kyiv public transport fleet. In order not to leave the buses empty, people are called upon to fill them with donations to the residents of Kyiv.
- food products — canned food, sugar, oil, buckwheat, barley, pasta, corn, sweets, nuts, dried fruit, dried bread, milk powder, instant coffee, tea, instant meals (porridge, soups, etc.), drinking water, baby food. Food products should have a shelf life of at least 6 months.
- hygiene products – children's and adults' nappies, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shower gel, soap, hand creams, toilet paper, child pads and wet wipes. There is also a need for children's clothing and footwear.
- pet food — kibble, canned food, care accessories (beds, litter, etc.).
- medical products: bandages, tourniquets, patches, disinfectants, antiseptics, medical gloves.
- other things are needed: blankets, mattresses, sleeping bags, heaters, chargers, generators.
Donations can also be delivered to the culture center Imanta (Anniņmuižas boulevard 29), as well as the neighborhood resident centers: E. Smiļģa Street 46, Gobas Street 6a, Ieriķu Street 43a, Daugavpils Street 31, or Ziemeļblāzmas Street 36.
Those who do not have the opportunity to bring their own donations are invited to donate to the cause on Ziedot.lv at ziedot.lv/10-autobusi-kijivai-4437. The donations received will help to purchase those things that will be missing when buses are filled.
Buses with donations will go to Kyiv in mid-January.