Cleveland native calls for local donations to Ukrainian police

Amazon list created in conjunction with Cleveland Salvation Army to provide relief overseas

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) — Kyiv was a peaceful city.

Mike Hall, the D.O.J. Advisor to the Ukrainian Police Program, said that it saw fewer homicides a year than Chicago does in a weekend.

But now, the local police are fighting a war on two fronts.

The one on the streets and Putin’s.

“They [have] got to go and give aid, find food, take babies across borders, pull people out of rubble, give first aid and life-saving [things],” Hall said. “And they still have to fight the enemy that comes in the city street to street.”

To help the now-overwhelmed personnel, Hall sought help back in his native home of Cleveland.

In partnership with the town’s Salvation Army chapter, Hall created a supply list on Amazon featuring everything from thermal underwear to sleeping bags to night vision binoculars.

With it, locals can now quite literally supply Ukrainian forces with vital equipment.

“The Ukrainian Police are able through this Amazon list to see the specific needs, communicate those to us and then provide an avenue for us to fill those needs,” said Jake Cash, a representative for The Salvation Army. “It’s practically a real-time way that we can listen to what they need and provide that.”

All items purchased online then make their way to Cleveland to be shipped overseas as quickly as possible, with everything playing a purpose.

New clothes keep forces warm, thermal gear helps find victims in debris, and everything reminds them that they’re not alone.

Hall described Putin’s actions as “crimes against humanity” and hopes those in his native state can step up and help a collective people who are in dire need of a miracle.

“People should stand up for this,” Hall said. “Somebody should stand up for somebody else. In my opinion, Vladimir Putin’s a bully. The only [way] you can handle a bully sometimes is to stand up to them. I know that sounds easier than what the dynamics are but people should care.”

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