Nearly 2,000 pieces of personal protective equipment donated by Ohio law enforcement will soon be sent to Ukraine, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Friday.
The equipment, delivered to an undisclosed location in the Cleveland area, includes 1,996 pieces of surplus or expired body armor, vests and helmets from more than two dozen agencies, according to the announcement.
The donations are expected to be on their way to Ukraine “in the coming days”, according to the announcement.
Governor DeWine requested the equipment from statewide law enforcement in March, with the collection coordinated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
In the announcement, the Governor said, “I am so grateful to all law enforcement agencies who have taken the time to collect their unnecessary equipment and donate it to our friends in Ukraine who are fighting for their lives. . I also commend the Ukraine Relief Fund and its partners who have worked to ensure that these donations will go directly to Ukrainian civilians who bravely stand up against Russia to defend their country and protect their families.
The Ukraine Relief Fund is a Parma-based nonprofit organization affiliated with the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio.
Governor Mike DeWine