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Responding to Winter Storm Elliott, War in Ukraine, and More

Direct Relief's Humanitarian Activity for the week of 12/23/2022 - 12/30/2022


Operational Update

On December 27, 2022, 39 pallets of emergency medical aid were picked up for shipment to Ukraine from Direct Relief's warehouse in Santa Barbara, California. The aid will be distributed over the coming weeks to healthcare clinics and hospitals treating patients impacted by the war. (Brea Burkholz/Direct Relief)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 159 shipments of requested medical aid to 37 U.S. states and territories and nine countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 13.3 million defined daily doses of medication, including insulin, personal care products, prenatal vitamins, cancer medications and more.

Winter Storm Elliott

This past week, the Buffalo area experienced over 36 straight hours of Hurricane Category 1 force winds, combined with over 4 feet of snow and temperatures below zero. The number of deaths, particularly among those experiencing homelessness, is grievous.

In response, Direct Relief immediately dispatched five emergency field medic packs to Jericho Road Community Health Center in Buffalo, NY.

Direct Relief is in communication with New York’s primary care association for community clinics and health centers, the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS), and has offered its inventory of vital medicines and supplies.

Material Support for Ukraine

This week, 39 pallets of emergency medical aid were shipped to Ukraine from Direct Relief’s warehouse in Santa Barbara, California. The delivery contains cardiovascular medications, oncology drugs, anti-diabetes meds, vitamins, field medic packs and more. The materials will be distributed over the coming weeks to healthcare clinics and hospitals treating patients impacted by the war.

Critical medications were recently received by Hromada Hub and distributed to local healthcare clinics and hospitals. (Courtesy photo)

Since Feb. 24, Direct Relief has provided medical aid to Ukraine weighing more than 2.3 million pounds, or 1,150 tons, with more on the way.

Emergency medical supplies and medications donated by Direct Relief are distributed by Kharkiv Renovation Fund and distributed to hospitals and clinics in Ukraine. (Courtesy photo)

In total, Direct Relief has deployed more than 221.3 million defined daily doses, $23.3 million in financial assistance, and $702.7 million in material aid assistance to Ukraine since the war broke out.



This week, Direct Relief shipped 12.6 million defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • Ukraine
  • Uganda
  • Honduras
  • Vanuatu
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Malawi
  • Republic of North Macedonia


Direct Relief delivered 145 shipments containing 698,105 doses of medications over the past week to organizations, including the following:

  • Wesley Community and Health Centers, Arizona
  • Greater Killeen Free Clinic, Texas
  • Partnership Health Center, Georgia
  • New Song Health Center dba Bolingbrook Christian Health Center, Illinois
  • St. Michael’s Medical Clinic, Alabama
  • Utah Naloxone – Andy’s, Utah
  • Open Arms Clinic, Georgia
  • Santa Clara County, California
  • Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island, South


Since Jan. 1, 2022, Direct Relief has delivered 19.8K shipments to 2,301 healthcare providers in 53 U.S. states and territories and 92 countries.

These shipments contained 567.3 million defined daily doses of medication valued at $1.9 billion (wholesale), totaling 11.3 million lbs.

in the news

  • Ask Amy: My annual charity roundup – Washington Post: Direct Relief’s total cash aid for Ukraine and Ukrainians has reached almost $30 million. This aid goes directly to local medical and mental health service organizations in Ukraine and bolsters their donated supply of material aid of medical supplies and services.
  • Steve Lopez: Looking to make last-minute charitable donations? Tips from Flea, Rick Caruso and others – Los Angeles Times: Former L.A. City Councilmember Ruth Galanter said she supports a popular local charity — the L.A. Regional Food Bank, which keeps thousands of people from going hungry each year. But two of her favorite causes are Tostan, a Senegal-based human rights organization “with village-driven education programs,” and Direct Relief, which provides medical resources around the world and just last week announced a nearly $8-million medical aid package for Ukraine.
  • Dubroff: Direct Relief digs deep for funds to help Ukraine endure – Pacific Coast Business Times: On a frigid afternoon in mid-December, Brent Baldwin was a long way from his comfortable office at the Santa Barbara headquarters of Direct Relief. Baldwin, who is senior counsel in charge of legal and regulatory affairs at the global charity, was in Lviv, Ukraine with a team led by CEO Thomas Tighe.
  • New Efforts to Aid Those With Diabetes in Humanitarian Crises – Medscape: “Action in Ukraine has been based on communication, partnership, and management,” Vlasenko said, crediting several groups for their assistance including “the IDF, the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization, pharmaceutical companies, Direct Relief, governments of other countries, IDF member associations, nongovernmental associations, patient organizations…and many individuals,” she noted.

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