(March 7, 2022 at 11:15am)

QUEENS, NY – With the Russian government’s unjust and horrific war inflicting catastrophic damage on Ukraine and its people, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. today launched a donation drive to collect medical supplies for those who remain in Ukraine under daily, deadly threat of bombardment and violence.

“In less than two weeks, Vladimir Putin’s vile and illegal invasion of Ukraine has already claimed thousands of lives and forced more than 1 million innocent families to flee their beloved homeland. Those who have remained in Ukraine are in desperate need of medical supplies, especially as the Russian government recklessly escalates its brutality against the local population,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “The Queens Borough President’s Office is proud to do our part and help collect critically important medical supplies, and we encourage all Queens residents to consider donating in support of the proud and courageous Ukrainian people who have inspired us all.”

Starting today, March 7, donations of first-aid kits, bandages, gauze, tourniquets and over-the-counter medications Aspirin, Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen will be accepted at Queens Borough Hall, located at 120-55 Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens. Donations can be dropped off in a box located on the first floor of Borough Hall next to the security desk in the lobby, just inside the building’s main entrance on Queens Boulevard. The lobby is open 24 hours a day.

Items collected this week during the drive, launched with the help of Kevin Ly and Amanda Deebrah of Borough President Richards’ Queens General Assembly, will be delivered to the NYPD, which is conducting an identical donation drive at all 77 precincts through March 11. The Queens Borough President’s Office will continue to accept donations after March 11, with the goal of sharing collected items with a verified non-profit organization working on the ground in Ukraine.

Queens Borough Hall can easily be reached by mass transit by taking the E or F subway lines to the Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike subway station or by taking the Q10, Q37 or Q60 buses.

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