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Kearney, UNK assembles hygiene kits for Ukrainian refugees

Students package supplies to send to Opava, Czechia.

Hygiene Kits for Ukrainian Refugees Assembly Night was held in the Student Union. About 30 people joined and made hygiene kits to be donated to Ukrainian refugees.

The participants had assigned roles for each task, so the work went smoothly. The hygiene kits included a bath towel, washcloth, toothbrush, comb, bar of soap, plastic soap box, Band-Aids, small tissue box and nail clippers.

“Locke & Key Society supported this event,” said Tanner Butler, the person who organized the event. “This event wasn’t like an official directly tied to any group. So, I don’t have an official President, vice President. But I was the main organizer for this event.”

There was a reason to hold this event.

“Many students and I were shocked when Russia attacked Ukraine,” Butler said. “I’m a political science major and part of that is we’re studying what’s going on in the world. We stayed up all night and watched the news and just saw that there were a little over 3 million refugees. With everything that’s happened when doing this, we were planning. We need to do whatever we can help them.”

It’s up to four and a half and in total, including refugees and internally displaced people, there’s over 10 millions of them. 

“We are donating the hygiene kits through a nongovernmental organization called the Orphan Grain Train,” said Haley Mazour, the president of Locke & Key Society. “We are going to give these kits to the Orphan Grain Train and they’re actually going to send them over and get them connected with the people who need them. We might take for granted things like a washcloth and nail clippers and things like that but people suddenly without homes and places to go don’t have. So, it’s just something small that even if it just makes them a little bit easier, we’ll make a really big difference to individuals.”

Many English Language students participated in this event.

“We encouraged our ELI students to take advantage of the opportunity,” said Jayne Heimer, English Language Institute teacher. “ My coworkers and some of our students came to volunteer. I think everyone worked together really well, and it feels good to know we were helping people.”

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