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War in Ukraine: clothing and food drives multiply in Paris

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A few days after the start of the war in Ukraine, several initiatives – sometimes personal – were launched in the capital to come to the aid of Ukrainians. Among them, collections of clothing but also of specialized materials, such as tents, duvets and stoves.

On social networks, mainly on Instagram, several initiatives are massively relayed to help Ukrainians. At the origin of one of these collections, Caroline Andreoni, an interior designer who works regularly with Ukrainians as part of her construction sites.

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Calling on her network, the latter – who is followed by more than 85,000 people on Instagram – has united her community around her project to send a humanitarian aid truck to Ukraine. Inside, first aid kits, walkie-talkies, binoculars, flashlights and headlamps, sleeping bags, USB chargers but also clothes for children aged 0-12 as well as health products. hygiene and cleaning.

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For her, who explains that she had “tears in her eyes” after having had her contractor on the phone, it is impossible to sit idly by and do nothing. “I have to do something […] even at my tiny level”, she writes, inviting all those who wish to deposit or send equipment directly to her showroom, located at 28 rue Frémicourt, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. And this, before this Wednesday, March 2.

Other initiatives have been launched, such as that of Mihailo, a Ukrainian national living in Paris, who launched a collection of clothes and food from Paris. Until Monday evening, all those who wish to participate can drop off blankets, sleeping bags, mattresses but also personal hygiene products or even batteries, candles and other lamps, at 109 avenue Henri Martin, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

Food is also requested, such as dried fruit and any other product that does not rot: tins, instant vermicelli, biscuits, nuts…

At the same time, the Ukrainian Embassy in France shared a kitty on Facebook, for people who wanted to donate directly to the country. “Thank you for your support, our strength is in unity,” the embassy said on the social network.

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