‘Teamwork’: Charlotte couple collect and ship protective gear for families in Ukraine
CHARLOTTE — A Charlotte couple is working to collect protective gear for their loved ones and families in Ukraine.
The family was working remotely when the Russian invasion began. They extended their trip to stay near a supply maker.
Zhenya Goncharov met his wife Lily in Charlotte, but her roots run deep in her hometown of Irpin, Ukraine.
Gunshots and explosions were difficult for him to watch from over 5,000 miles away. His friends Nazar and Ruslanda Yakovenko still live in the war zone.
“When I started seeing my town bombed like this, and people running away, I had a hard time, to be honest,” he said.
Goncharov worked with his father’s church and a non-profit organization to raise more than $200,000 in donations. They are working on their seventh supply expedition to Ukraine.
“What continues to be a huge demand and what we really need is defense equipment and medical supplies,” he said.
The packages are filled with radios, drones, medical supplies and the most needed items, such as helmets and hundreds of bulletproof vests.
He said each shipment weighs about 3.5 half tons and costs nearly $1,500 to ship.
“Our whole team is very grateful for your support and for the supplies we have already received,” Goncharov said.
He hopes each piece can save friends and loved ones, and it’s all thanks to the generosity of strangers.
“All we are capable of achieving is a huge team effort,” Goncharov said.
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