First call was to Trevor Turkington of Turkington Windows & Conservatories who was glad to offer a warehouse so the items collected for refugees could be sorted and boxed.
Then Manfreight stepped up and made transport available to take the goods to those in need. The first lorry has set off for the Ukrainian border packed with essential supplies.
Last week the council activated a central-hub to assist community groups, businesses and individuals to with the collection, logistics and transportation of supplies to those directly in need.
Lord Mayor, Alderman Glenn Barr said: “The response has simply been amazing, with donations pouring in. We’ve had queues of people waiting to hand over boxes and bags of everything from nappies and toiletries to blankets. Volunteers are spending hours sorting through and boxing-up thousands of items for transportation.
“It has been fantastic to see first-hand community, business, voluntary organisations and statutory agencies all working together as a borough-wide approach and it is an amazing example of everyone finding a way to make a difference.”
The central hub is located at Turkington Windows & Conservatories, James Park, Mahon Road, Portadown BT62 3EH.
Trevor Turkington from Turkington Windows & Conservatories said: “We reached out to provide one of our warehouses to facilitate a drop-off point. We have been overwhelmed with the response and are delighted to work with multiple organisations to help those in need.”
Mr Turkington praised the swift work of the council in coordinating the donations.
He said they had been inundated with volunteers seeking to help.
Chris Slowey from Manfreight said: “When we saw what was happening in Ukraine, we wanted to help where best we could by providing the transportation of humanitarian goods.
“Working with the council to identify what was the most important goods to be moved, our team and key suppliers ordered support to help us get the first truck on its safe passage through Holland and Germany before arriving in Poland this week. We are going to send a further three trucks in the coming weeks to keep supporting the people of Ukraine.”
The council launched humanitarian support to assist the people of Ukraine who are facing unimaginable suffering. Following a council meeting last Monday councillors took a unanimous decision to respond to the escalating crisis and provide life-saving support for the Ukrainian people.
Thanks are extended to other business organisations who have provided much-needed packaging materials including JMC Packaging, CASPAC Armagh and Smurfit Kappa.
Essential items required:
Nappies (all sizes)
Non-perishable baby food
Tinned and Dry Food
Bed clothes (quilts, blankets and pillows)