More than 100 people a day receive medicines from “Your City”. By the most modest estimates, since the beginning of the war, we have managed to help more than 7,000 Ukrainians, 40% of whom are migrants. But we did not immediately become the only foundation in Odessa that specializes in medical aid and distributes it in such quantities. Here is our story from the founder of the Igor Fedin Foundation: "I was always attracted to social activities, but the war gave it a special meaning and significance. There was an impulse to help people in difficult life situations, but we did not know the specific direction. Together with my friend Inna from Germany, they helped as much as they could, transported food, clothes, and hygiene products.”
“Then, in Odessa, there was a shortage of drugs such as "L-Tyroxin" and "Eutirox" for the treatment of the thyroid. It turned out that almost one in every five women in Ukraine needs them for their entire lives. The question was not even about money, it just couldn't be found in pharmacies. There was a shortage of many drugs and I realized that we need to focus on medicines, as people were in the West, and this is an urgent need for Odessa residents and migrants. So we chose the direction of medical care.”
“Thanks to our contacts in Germany and the USA, we have been able to set up supplies and organize logistics chains. Our range has increased from 2 to 200 names of the most common medicines. Mainly those for chronic diseases such as: hypotension, cardiovascular, diabetes, hormonal, antiallergenic, antiepileptic, respiratory system, and so on. There are also medications for pain relief, anti-inflammatory, heat lowering, anti-spasmolytic, blood clotting and transportation materials. We’ve grown, found permanent partners, and today we continue to expand our activities, implement new initiatives, expand our range, and attract new volunteers who are ready wholeheartedly and with good hands to support those in need."
Helping to Provide critical medical supplies to Ukraine
Teaming up with “Your City”, a small non-profit group working to dispense a wide range of prescription medications and other necessities to residents and refugees, Ukraine Relief Fund is helping to raise awareness and streamline funding.
Bruce Kaster, an Ocala lawyer, recently visited Odessa and witnessed first-hand the desperate situation for the people who live there. “Many of us have wondered how we might do something worthwhile to help the suffering Ukrainian people under attack by Russia.” Mr. Kaster said.
He flew to Moldova, crossed the border, and traveled to Odessa, which sits on the Black Sea in the southern part of Ukraine.
Kaster met up with Inna Germaneau, a Ukrainian living in Germany. Along with Igor Fedin, they run the ‘Your City’ pharmacy with three volunteers in Odessa.
Ocala to Ukraine outreach
Local attorney sets up Odessa Relief Fund to aid war victims.
Local attorney Bruce Kaster knows the 1,000-mile stare when he sees it.
Kaster served in combat in the Vietnam War, where he saw the “1,000-mile stare”—an expression to describe a lifeless and hopeless blank expression—on the faces of war victims.
He said he saw the same blank look on the faces of war victims and refugees when he visited the war-torn Ukraine in May of this year.
Frequently Asked Questions
By clicking on the donate button on our website or by mailing a check to 125 NE 1st Ave, Ste 3, Ocala, FL 34470 made out to Odessa Relief Fund INC.
Yes, we accept donations through PayPal on our website or you may mail a check to 125 NE 1st Ave, Ste 3, Ocala, FL 34470 made out to Odessa Relief Fund INC.
To purchase prescription medication and childcare products.
To lend medical assistance to the victims of Russian aggression in Ukraine.
We have American Officers and a Board of Directors and a small group of Ukrainian citizens that are all volunteering their time for this cause.
We are applying for nonprofit status for Odessa Relief Fund Inc under IRC, Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(c)(3) and do not anticipate a problem with receiving it. When it is approved, it will be considered a nonprofit corporation from the date of inception which is June 23, 2022 and all contributions received after that date will qualify as charitable contributions.