Employees of Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) have partnered with a local church to collect much-needed supplies for Ukrainian refugees.
Diane Marrone, Assistant Director of Nursing for the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) and Cardiac Acute Care Unit (CACU), along with Dana Brun, Assistant Director of the Neurological Intensive Care Unit (NCCU), have spearheaded a relief campaign that is collecting new items requested by St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Riverhead. The church is working with a humanitarian organization and a shipping company to deliver the items overseas.
Members of the Stony Brook community can contribute to the campaign until Thursday, March 31 by donating items to Level 5 of the CCU Heart Center. Items will be delivered to the church on April 1 using SBUH’s courier service.
The drive collected a variety of items: medical supplies like gauze, bandages and painkillers; baby items such as diapers, formula, bottles, blankets and toys; non-perishable food; tactical gear like flashlights, batteries, backpacks, sleeping bags, and thermos; and clothing, including socks, underwear, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, hoodies and pants.
Marrone, who is retiring in May, said she has a Ukrainian nurse on staff and plans to start a fundraising drive similar to the one students held on West Campus earlier this month. She said she was not surprised by the impressive turnout so far.
“Our Stony Brook community always gives back to our community in one way or another,” Marrone said. “This is what we do.”