Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) employees have teamed up 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 the Cardiac Acute Care Unit (CACU), along with Dana Brun, assistant director of the Neuro Critical Care Unit (NCCU), have been directing a relief drive that is collecting new items requested by St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Riverhead. The church is working with a relief organization and shipping company to get the items delivered overseas.
Members of the Stony Brook community can contribute to the drive through Thursday, March 31, by donating items at level 5 in the Heart Center in the CCU. The items will be delivered to the church on April 1 with the assistance of the courier service at SBUH.
The drive has been collecting a variety of items: medical supplies like gauze, bandages, and pain medication; baby items such as diapers, formula, bottles, blankets, and toys; non-perishable foods; tactical gear like flashlights, batteries, backpacks, sleeping bags and thermoses; and clothing including socks, undergarments, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, hoodies, and pants.
Marrone, who is retiring in May, said she has a Ukrainian nurse on staff, and looked to start a collection drive similar to the one that students held on West Campus earlier this month. She said she has not been surprised by the impressive turnout so far.
“Our Stony Brook community is always giving to our community one way or another,” Marrone said. “That is what we do.”