Local organization returning to Ukraine to provide aid

Rescue 82 asking for community assistance to provide further supplies

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Members of Rescue 82, a local organization that provides aid and supplies to the victims of the war in Ukraine, gathered Thursday night to discuss their next humanitarian venture.

They will be personally revisiting the war-torn country next month and need the community’s help.

John 15:13 in The Bible says, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Earlier this year, a band of Chattanoogans was ready to do just that for those caught in the sudden warfare overseas.

“A group of us, mostly police officers, back in March and April had the chance to travel to Ukraine, work with some churches and deliver humanitarian aid, first aid kits and food to some refugee centers and other places inside Ukraine,” said CPD Sgt. Jeremiah Cook.

The nonprofit will be returning to Ukraine in October and needs assistance in providing a variety of supplies to refugees.

Members of the community can, through an Amazon wish list, help stock the nonprofit on its journey.

The items on the list were personally requested by Ukrainians fighting for their country.

“They need medical supplies, tourniquets, first aid kits, gloves, burn gel — that’s a big one,” said retired Navy Petty Officer Hunter Morgan. “All that stuff is on our list of supplies — binoculars [and] flashlights are big.”

The war is still raging and Morgan says those caught in it still need support.

He hopes his neighbors in the Tennessee Valley can help Rescue 82 be a light for those left in the dark.

“When we were over there, we met hundreds of people whose lives were totally overturned,” Morgan said. “Imagine that happening to you here. Some have lost their fathers, their mothers, we met many children that didn’t have a parent — their war’s not over.”

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