Rescue 82 Sends Aid to Ukraine

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — A Chattanooga-based non-profit is traveling to Ukraine in March. Rescue 82 will be making their third mission trip to the country since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The group says they will be providing aid in and around areas once occupied by Russia and left devastated by the war.

Rescue 82 consists primarily of Chattanooga SWAT members, who volunteer to work with pastors and churches in Ukraine. They distribute food, medical supplies and other humanitarian aid.

The group says they are currently collecting donations to distribute in Ukraine.

A release from the group said, “While in the country, Rescue 82 maintains the capacity to evacuate refugees and internally displaced persons away from the crisis zones.”

Rescue 82 is a Christian non-profit driven to provide relief to severe environments.

Chattanooga Police Sergeant Jeremiah Cook founded Rescue 82. He said, “Our roots stem from missions to Brazil to distribute emergency medical supplies and train law enforcement officers since 2018, but our organization was forged out of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. It just makes sense to us to use our skills as first responders to go where people are suffering and help in any way we can.”

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