Northport schools collect money and supplies for some of the millions of Ukrainian refugees


When Northport High School senior Rob Rada put out the call for donations to help millions of displaced Ukrainians, the Northport-East Northport community immediately stepped up to the plate.

What started as Rada’s IB CAS project at the beginning of the month is now a district and community-wide effort.

Each of the district’s schools are accepting donations for Ukrainian refugees, including medical supplies, hygiene products and clothes that can be brought to Northport Middle School.

So far, the high school food pantry has donated over 1,000 pounds of food.

Twenty bags of clothing, along with 40 bags of medical supplies and toiletries, were collected and are being distributed to a Ukrainian church, as well as a Suffolk County collection site organized by Executive Steve Bellone.

Middle school teacher Katy Durand dedicated her time to organizing the clothing donation to a Ukrainian church in New Jersey.

In addition to these items, the Northport-East Northport School District raised more than $1,800 through the UNICEF refugee program.

Students who packed the bags of donations into a truck will have to lend a second hand, for the donations were so abundant, the school district reported the truck is making two trips.

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Feature image: Ukrainian Marina Stadnik from Kramatosrk, right, arrives with her four children at a train station in Przemysl, southeastern Poland, Monday, March 28, 2022. The more than month-old war has killed thousands and driven more than 10 million Ukrainians from their homes — including almost 4 million from their country. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)