ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 9, 2022–
Spirit of America, a leading non-profit organization providing a range of protective equipment and supplies to Ukrainian soldiers and civilian volunteers, announced today that it has delivered approximately 50 tons – nearly 100,000 pounds – of body armor, helmets, combat boots and essential first aid kits for Ukrainian soldiers operating in the country’s eastern war zone. The shipment marks the third U.S. citizen-funded aid cargo plane to Ukraine since the war began in February. To date, Spirit of America has delivered over 115 tons, representing $15 million in direct assistance to soldiers in need.
Spirit of America, founded in 2003, is the only nonprofit recognized by Congress and approved by the Department of Defense to work alongside troops in the field. Funded by contributions from U.S. citizens, Spirit of America operates an integrated network of civilian and military partners that enables aid to be in the hands of those who need it quickly, efficiently and effectively. This unique public-private partnership combines what citizens can offer – ingenuity, entrepreneurship and generosity – with what our frontline troops and diplomats can do, enabling greater impact and better results. Spirit of America has raised $21 million since the war began to fund its relief work.
Spirit of America’s third cargo flight was loaded with 125 pallets of aid, weighing nearly 50 tons and worth $5.7 million in aid. The shipment included:
- 2,250 bulletproof vests
- 1,900 ballistic helmets
- 1,300 first aid kits
- 1,100 pairs of combat boots
- 460,000 nutrition bars
In addition, the shipment contained smaller amounts of other necessary supplies: 500 headlamps, 500 ballistic goggles, 140 knee pads, 140 elbow pads and 140 tactical gloves.
“Ukraine’s courageous and courageous civilian military are fighting for their country’s very existence, often without the equipment and supplies they need. Spirit of America – funded through the incredible generosity of our donors, big and small – helps Homeland Defense Force Citizen-Soldiers trade in their skateboard skates and bicycle helmets for body armor and helmets ballistics. Our close relationships with civilian and military leaders in the United States and Ukraine allow us to get these helmets and vests from the United States to the heads and chests of those who need them within 48 hours. It is an honor to work so closely with our partners and play a role in the defense of freedom and democracy,” said Jim Hake, CEO.
Spirit of America has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is currently fundraising to fill its planned fourth cargo plane with help in mid-May.
About Spirit of America
Spirit of America is a privately funded 501c3 charity founded in response to the 9/11 attacks. We’re the only nonprofit that works alongside troops and diplomats to help them save and improve lives. We are recognized by Congress and officially approved by the Department of Defense to work alongside deployed US troops and provide private assistance to meet local needs. Learn more at spiritofamerica.org.
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PUBLISHED: 05/09/2022 09:00 AM/DISC: 05/09/2022 09:02 AM
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