Rotarians collect supplies for Ukraine

Iola Rotary sorted and packaged medical equipment and supplies donated by Allen County Regional Hospital to send to Ukraine.

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April 15, 2022 - 3:00 PM

Iola Rotarians Chelsea Lea, Donna Grigsby, Karen Gilpin and Dan Davis sort medical supplies donated by Allen County Regional Hospital. Equipment for emergency care will be shipped to Ukraine. Photo by Tim Stauffer / Iola Register

Iola Rotarians used their meeting Thursday to sort medical equipment and supplies donated by Allen County Regional Hospital. Some of it will find its way to the front lines of Ukraine.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, the war has created more than 4.1 million refugees, resulted in at least 2,600 civilian deaths — likely a significant undercount, as official figures are impossible to ascertain — and fueled insecurity around the world. Barbaric accounts of Russian war crimes surface daily.

The need is clear. And so about a dozen Rotarians were busy unpacking boxes and sorting the medical materials into three groups: expired, in-date and battlefield supplies. Volunteers then color-coded the materials and created an inventory of each box’s contents. 

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