A Dublin estate agent has hailed the “incredible” generosity of the Irish public after hundreds of items were donated to an appeal for Ukraine.
Keane Thompson, a real estate agent in Sandyford, appealed this week for supplies to be sent to Ukrainian refugees.
Two million people are reported to have left the Eastern European country due to the conflict.
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In a Facebook post, Keane Thompson attached a list of needed items, including medical supplies; toiletries; dried foods; baby supplies such as diapers, baby powder and small toys; clothes; and bedding.
Speaking to Dublin Live, Jana Keane said she was delighted with the generosity of the Irish over the past few days since they set up the donation campaign last Thursday.
Jana explained that they wanted to help those fleeing the war in Ukraine, and while some unusable items such as underwear and stilettos were donated, overall they received a very positive response.
She said: “My brother-in-law is working with a Ukrainian, he and a group of other Ukrainians on the ground have organized it and we bring the donated goods to the Dublin 12 and Blanchardstown depots where the lorry drivers then take them. in Moldova and Ukraine.
“The response we’ve had has been brilliant, we only started it last Thursday and put it on social media on Friday, with the collection on Saturday. We’ll probably do another one for them in a few weeks.”
Jana said they are now looking for medical supplies, diapers, baby food and toiletries.
“Specifically, we are now looking for medical supplies, baby food and diapers, pads and batteries for torches. This is what we need right now and the audience has been absolutely amazing, Ukrainian people is so grateful.”
According to Jana, they continue to receive donations at their office in Sandyford until 1pm on Wednesday and the goods are then transported to various depots around Dublin.
Generous Dubliners also provided cute toys for children fleeing conflict in Ukraine.
Jana said: “A lady came after knitting 60 little bunnies for children in Ukraine, it was so beautiful. Irish people are amazing, everyone just wants to help Ukrainians.
“It has been very moving to see them come to our house, these few days have been revealing.”
The call closes tomorrow, Wednesday March 16, and Keane Thompson is accepting all donations until then at his office, located in Sandyford opposite Sandyford House.
In the meantime, they are expected to do another donation campaign in a few weeks.
It comes after a pair of red stilettos from Dunnes Stores went viral last week after being given to Ukrainians fleeing to Poland, and it sparked outrage online.
One furious Twitter user said: “This pair of shoes arrived today in a humanitarian aid convoy that arrived in Poland from Ireland. Who the hell would send red stilettos to exhausted women fleeing for their lives?
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