Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal urgently requires winterization support as temperatures plummet

Topics: Europe, Emergencies and Disasters Worldwide
Ottawa | December 08, 2022

Red Cross staff assist a woman as they walk down a road. As Canadians, we know how dangerous freezing temperatures can be. For people in Ukraine who are braving the continued armed conflict, figuring out how to survive the winter is a dire concern.  

Of the 17.7 million people in need of urgent aid in Ukraine, 4 million are experiencing extreme vulnerability as the cold winter months add another layer of danger.

The conflict has already taken a drastic toll on the people of Ukraine.  Not only having to survive escalations in armed conflict, finding winter relief items to keep warm are scarce and could become near impossible without your help.

How the Red Cross is helping
Starting December 9, the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal is aiming to provide winterization support to relieve suffering across Ukraine. By procuring items like emergency power supplies, sleeping kits and kitchen sets, solid fuel burning stoves, warm clothing and emergency shelter repair kits, we can help keep people in Ukraine warm as the conflict continues. As well, your support could help acquire generators to keep critical infrastructure like hospitals and trains in operation.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been at the forefront of the response since the beginning. Having provided five million people with emergency relief items, including food, water, blankets, over 10,300 people have been evacuated during safe passage operations and 125 health facilities were supported with medical equipment, tools and medication.

How you can help
Canadians wishing to help are encouraged to donate to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal online or by calling 1-800-418-1111.

Money raised will enable the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to respond to humanitarian needs generated by almost eight years of conflict, as well as preparedness and response efforts due to heightened tensions in Ukraine. The support could include preparedness, immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long-term recovery, resiliency, and other critical humanitarian activities as needs arise, both in Ukraine and surrounding countries, including supporting populations displaced.