Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces on February 24 2022, triggering a humanitarian crisis in the country as desperate civilians continue to flee.

Across Wales, charities, organisations, businesses and individuals are rallying to bring vital funds, supplies and shelter to the Ukrainian people as quickly as possible. 

So, if you're feeling angry or frustrated at the unfolding situation, and are keen to help, here's how you can contribute to the humanitarian effort - wherever you are in Wales.

Organisers are today urging people to give money where possible following a major response by those donating goods.

Details on the Disasters Emergency Committee's Ukraine appeal can be found here. The UK's 15 leading aid charities, which respond to large-scale disasters, also still has its Afghanistan appeal running.

 

Donations in the south of Wales

GWENT AND NEWPORT

Gwent woman Lisa White, whose stepmother and six year-old sister fled Kyiv last week, has set up a donation drive for refugees.

Ms White is collecting toiletries and clothing. 

Items can be dropped off at 46 Glaslyn Court, Croesyceiliog; 23 Tern Court in Thornhill (evenings only); and at Sharon Church in Pontypool on Wednesdays between 10am and 12pm.

In nearby Newport, another effort has been organised by Gosia Sliwinska of the Polonia dla Ukrainy (Polish Community for Ukraine) appeal.

Items including clothes, shoes, toiletries, sanitary products, pet food, blankets, painkillers, nappies and toys can be dropped off at one of several collection points:

• Supermarket ABC at 148-152 Chepstow Road in Maindee (during opening hours)

• Le Pub at 14 High Street in the city centre (during opening hours)

• The Newport City Campus at the University of South Wales (contact Urban Circle Newport on Facebook for more information)

• Rogue Fox Coffee House in Clytha Park Road

Donated clothing and shoes must be in good condition. More information can be found here.

CARDIFF AND PENARTH

Coffee #1 on Windsor Road, Penarth, is running a collection, with items to be sent out on Thursday 3rd March. 

Open between 8am and 6pm on weekdays, the coffee shop is collecting items such as:

  • Pain killers and bandages
  • Toiletries
  • Nappies and baby bottles
  • Baby food and milk
  • Blankets
  • Food such as tins, kids snacks, cereals, dried fruit and nuts
  • Coffee and tea bags

Polish deli Ania Polski Sklep is accepting donations at its two Cardiff locations.

The shop said on Facebook earlier this week:"For all those interested, we have joined the action: Help Ukraine, organised by Poland for Ukraine.

"Starting today [February 28] you can also bring packages to our stores in Cardiff: 144 Clifton Street, CF24 1LZ and 19 Albany Road CF24 1lH.

"Organizers no longer accept packages with clothing, list of products needed on the profile 'Polonia For Ukraine'. Contact number 0785 005 06 88."

 

Donations in the north of Wales

FLINTSHIRE AND WREXHAM

Collection points have been set up at the following locations:

  • Mold Town Hall
  • Nanny Biscuit pantries at Connah's Quay Cricket Club and and Rivertown church in Shotton.
  • Hawksbury Community Centre, Buckley
  • Dandys Topsoil (Sealand) 
  • The Red Lion, Penyffordd
  • Broughton War Memorial Institute (opposite the Co-op)
  • Saltney community centre
  • The Walk and Talk charity shop, Ffynnongroew
  • The Community Cafe, Rhosllanerchrugog 

Requested items include clothing, sanitary products, toiletries, sleeping bags, towels, first aid kits, crayons, hairbrushes and bandages.

Atik nightclub in Wrexham is also acting as a collection point between 2pm and 6pm on Thursday (March 3)

DENBIGHSHIRE

Collection points in Denbighshire are at the following locations:

  • Blooming Gorgeous Floristry, Prestatyn
  • The Apple Cart Greengrocers, Prestatyn
  • Voel Coaches, Dyserth
  • Post Office, Llanddulas
  • CXF Wellbeing, Rhos-on-Sea

Be sure to check with each venue their opening times.

YNYS MON (ANGLESEY)

Collection points in Ynys Môn are:

  • Amlwch Launderette
  • Bay Café, Benllech
  • Morrisons, Holyhead
  • Heritage Center, Cemaes
  • Twrceyln Thrift shop, Ynys Môn
  • Cefni Cards, Llangefni
  • Refugee Relief Ynys Môn,
  • Plaid Cymru office, Llangefni
  • Labour party office, Holyhead
  • Caffi Siop Mechell, Llanfechell
  • The Gwalchmai Hotel, Gwalchmai
  • AMS Fabrications, Mona Inudstrial Park

Be sure to check with each venue their opening times.

 

Donations in the west of Wales

CARMARTHENSHIRE

Menter Dinefwr and Llandeilo Community Action Hub have set up a collection point at Hengwrt community hub, Carmarthen Street, SA19 6AF.

Along with clothing and hygiene products, this collection is seeking candles, batteries, torches and canned foods.

The site is open 9:30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Saturday.

For further information, please contact Menter Dinefwr on 01558 263123, email post@menterdinefwr.cymru or call 07747 613617 outside Hengwrt's opening hours.

PEMBROKESHIRE

Farmer Adam Vincent is collecting items for transport to Newport on Friday morning, where donations will then travel on to the Polish border with Ukraine.

Items requested are camping mats, sleeping bags, warm blankets, thermal underwear, hot water bottles, thermoses, thermal burners, baby food, nappies of different sizes, as well as hygiene and sanitary products.

Food items such as protein bars, three in one coffee sachets, small packets nuts/raisins, cup of soups, crunchy peanut butter will also be accepted, along with medical supplies including painkillers, cough syrup, lozenges, Vicks Vaporub, plasters and bandages.

Mr Vincent is no longer collecting items.

 

Donations in central Wales

BUILTH WELLS

Local resident Shane Llewelyn-Jones is collecting items like warm clothing, sleeping bags, crayons and toys, as well as blankets and first aid kits at his home (4 Bank Square, LD2 3BB).

Items will need to be dropped off before Thursday evening (March 3).

 

Ukraine fundraisers

A number of charities have launched emergency fundraisers for the Ukrainian crisis.

UNICEF is raising funds to help children caught up in the conflict. Find out more and donate here.

British woman Tokunbo Koiki is working with an individual on the ground in Ukraine to help Black students experiencing racism as they attempt to flee the country. A fundraiser is active here, and is helping to fund transport.

GoFundMe has launched a Ukraine Relief hub, which lists funding appeals that have been verified as authentic and compliant with international finance laws. Find out more here.

The British Red Cross has also launched a crisis fund here.

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