Fort Smith PD & CURE team up to send medical aid to Ukraine

Fort Smith Police and Compassionate Utilization of Resources have partnered to send more than 16,000 pounds of medical supplies in a shipping container to Ukraine.

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Since 1996, Compassionate Use of Resources, or CURE, has helped those in need throughout the community, after natural disasters, and recently, the people of Ukraine.

CURE is a non-profit organization that collects medical supplies and equipment from local and nearby public hospitals, as well as items from people who are no longer needed.

“The Lord created us for good work and that’s what we try to do,” said Mat Griffin, CURE volunteer and board chair.

It is with this mentality and much to give that CURE volunteers have now delivered their third 40ft shipping container of items to Ukraine.

On Tuesday, April 12, CURE volunteers and members of the Fort Smith Police Department packed 1,362 boxes, totaling 16,198 pounds of medical supplies and equipment. Things like bandages, crutches, canes, IV sets, gowns, masks and more are now on their way to Alabama before being sent overseas.

“We sent out a lot of wound care items primarily, medical items,” said Ron Hamilton, a volunteer CURE board member. “Just anything related to what they were asking for wound care.”

This request came from the Ukrainian operation of the World Connections program. Items for hospitals, field hospitals and medical workers have been requested to help those seeking medical attention or needing equipment for any need.

CURE’s motto is “If not us, who? If not now when?’ and on Tuesday, it was undeniable that CURE volunteers lived up to that motto by once again helping the people of Ukraine.

“It’s amazing. It really is, and it really helps you…it feels good when you know you’ve helped these people,” Hamilton said.

Outreach is primarily for the local community, but the need for help has spread beyond Arkansas’ borders. CURE will continue to help those here at home – if you or someone you know needs help acquiring medical equipment or supplies, you can visit their website here or by connecting with them on Facebook.

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