ATLANTA — As the war in Ukraine continues, a large humanitarian mission is underway from metro Atlanta.
Thirty-seven more pallets of supplies are headed to Ukraine from Atlanta this week, following other shipments that began arriving in the war-torn country in recent days.
The point man for the effort is Emory Morsberger. He usually runs a property revitalization company based in Gwinnett County, but for the past few days he’s been in Ukraine on a mission to make sure the donated supplies get into the right hands.
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Morsberger sent Channel 2′s Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas video through social media of him handing expensive surgical equipment over to doctors in Ukraine. The doctors had requested the tools to continue saving lives.
Morsberger knows his trip could be dangerous. “I won’t get shot, but I could get blown up,” he said.
“What do you expect to see?” Thomas asked.
“I’m not sure, I know I’m going where things were hit with shelling and various kinds of bombings,” Morsberger replied.
His goal: Make sure the cases of everything from high-priced surgical equipment to MREs get to the people who need them most.
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“Basically we are targeting the folks who have been targeting the people who have been most impacted by the war. There are a lot of internal refugees,” Morsberger said.
It’s a big logistical nightmare. Morsberger took video at the border of trucks lined as far as you can see, trying to get across.
Forty-two pallets have arrived from metro Atlanta so far, donations from local rotary clubs and various companies.
Thirty-seven more pallets are sitting in the Friends of Disabled Adults and Children’s Stone Mountain warehouse, ready to meet up with Morsberger in the war zone.
“The hope is within a week or so this stuff will be on the ground over there,” said Will Stark of FODAC.
Operations Manager Sandra Guthrie gave Thomas a tour of the warehouse.
“There’s everything’s pediatric children’s diapers all the way to cots so they have some place to sleep,” Guthrie said.
She pointed specifically to one pallet. “This is like surgical knives and things they will be able to take advantage of immediately. Things they’ve requested,” she said.
From overseas, Morsberger commented, “I’m really impressed with the organization and spirit of these folks” when talking about both the Ukrainians and Georgians on both ends of the effort.
Donations are still being accepted by the metro area rotary clubs and FODAC.
Morsberger plans to be in Ukraine for at least a couple more weeks.
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