NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – All through next week, an organization in Noblesville is holding “emergency” packing events to send supplies to Ukraine.
David Stine, Managing Director of International Disaster Emergency Service, said the organization had already sent four shipping containers of food to Ukraine. He said that equates to about 1 million meals.
“We have almost a million dollars in aid that has gone so far with easily a million more likely to go too. Working in Ukraine as well as neighboring countries with partners, we have 11 countries that we are currently helping with refugees, or in Ukraine, internally displaced people,” Stine said.
Known by its acronym, IDES is an international organization created and based in Noblesville. Stine says volunteers are helping with efforts not only overseas, but also here in the United States.
“We have crews still responding to Kentucky tornado home reconstruction. This team just left this weekend, and we have another one coming. Another disaster coordinator is actually in Kansas with the tornado that was just outside of Wichita leading the effort there,” Stine said.
Stine said that to achieve the organization’s goals in Ukraine, IDES needs all the help it can get. He said container packing requires teams of volunteers and there is work for all skill levels and ages.
“Helping through IDES and other organizations like ours reminds people that others on the other side of the world still care about them. We think of them. We do what we can, financially or with our own hands, providing service because we care,” Stine said.
Packing begins Monday and ends May 14. You can register in line.