Members of Rotary clubs around Atlanta organize humanitarian trip to Ukraine

Rotary volunteers from several different countries coordinate to get medical supplies and food from Tucker, Georgia to Ukraine. (Courtesy of Emory Morsberger)

In February, when Russian forces began invading Ukraine, members of the Buckhead, Gwinnett and Atlanta Rotary Clubs knew they wanted to do something to help the country of Ukraine.

Over the past few months, the groups have been fundraising and leveraging community connections to send much-needed medical supplies and food to hospitals affected by the war.

Emory Morsberger is a member of the Gwinnett Rotary Club and the current president of Tucker’s Summit Community Improvement District.

This month he traveled to Ukraine to hand-deliver essential goods to three hospitals in the region.

Morsberger delivered three Stryker surgical drills to a hospital in Kyiv. (Courtesy of Emory Morsberger)

Morsberger said it was highly beneficial to have Rotary International members able to use their local business knowledge to facilitate making the process as smooth as possible.

“Even though you’re working with people you’ve never met before, you trust people to get you, or the shipment, from point A to point B safely,” said Morsberger. “It’s an incredible network, it’s like a huge relay race.”

He said all told, more than a thousand different volunteers helped to deliver 37 pallets of medical equipment from Tucker, Georgia to southwestern Ukraine.

For those looking to donate, The Friends of Disabled Adults and Children is working with the Rotary clubs to prepare the next shipment of aid to Ukraine.