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Totally Tunsie

(10,885 posts)
Sat Mar 12, 2022, 02:41 PM Mar 2022


when donating to help Ukraine. The work they do is immeasurable.


Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

MSF has a longstanding presence in Ukraine, including in regions of eastern Ukraine that have been affected by armed conflict since 2014. We have now had to halt normal activities in Ukraine and mobilize to launch emergency operations. We have teams in Ukraine, Poland, Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia, Russia, and Belarus. MSF is an independent and impartial organization committed to providing medical humanitarian assistance to people affected by the war no matter who they are or where they are.

MSF has been in contact with Ukrainian hospitals that are receiving trauma patients wounded in the fighting. Many hospitals are also facing shortages of supplies, mainly for emergencies, trauma care, and surgery. On March 6, an MSF shipment of emergency medical supplies was delivered to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health in Kyiv. The shipment contained 1,400 cubic feet of supplies, including surgical kits, trauma kits, and basic necessities for intensive care units, emergency rooms, and surgical operating theaters. These supplies are now being sent on to hospitals in the city and other towns further east where they are urgently needed. We are sending additional supplies to the country.

This has long been one of my favorite charities, and I have no difficulty in recommending donations be sent their way. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

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Please remember DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS (Original Post) Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 OP
K&R! SheltieLover Mar 2022 #1
Thank you! Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 #2
Yw, Tunsie! SheltieLover Mar 2022 #3
We've been donating to them and the Andres' World Kitchen charity kimbutgar Mar 2022 #4
Same here - Both very worthy! Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 #8
I hate groups that ask for donation only to charge exorbitant "administration" fees mitch96 Mar 2022 #12
Their work is invaluable! CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2022 #5
Thank you, CP. Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 #9
I was thinking about them a few days ago underpants Mar 2022 #6
Thank you for whatever you can do to help. Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 #10
I gave to them and also World Central Kitchen. madaboutharry Mar 2022 #7
Thank you. Our dollars stretch far with both these organizations. Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 #11
K&R spanone Mar 2022 #13
I give to them monthly. And when they need extra. sinkingfeeling Mar 2022 #14
Fabulous! Imagine the good work your $$$ are doing. Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 #17
I added you to my Humanitarian Relief Links post. usonian Mar 2022 #15
Thanks for your compilation. Good idea! Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 #19
One of two causes Mossfern Mar 2022 #16
Nice to hear. Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 #21
My brother has done work for DWB. They are a good charity! Initech Mar 2022 #18
I'm sure his work has been appreciated. Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 #20
yes!!! been to one of their installations in Los Angeles, setup to let us experience refugee Demovictory9 Mar 2022 #22
Oooo that sounds interesting! Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 #24
temporary popup about 7 years ago. harrowing. they talk you through imagining having to run Demovictory9 Mar 2022 #25
Now you've really piqued my interest. Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 #28
it was a walkup 30 minute experience, outside, open to anyone. setup on UCLA lawn Demovictory9 Mar 2022 #29
Yikes! That sounds intense. Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 #35
long time supporter here Skittles Mar 2022 #23
It's truly, IMO, one of the best places to allot donations. Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 #26
I like the pamphlets they send me Skittles Mar 2022 #30
They sent me a logo mask early on. I wear it proudly! Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 #32
cool! Skittles Mar 2022 #34
Good words from your Gran. Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 #38
I had an recent urgent crisis myself but now things have quieted down... electric_blue68 Mar 2022 #27
My favorites include Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 #31
Good organizations! I was thinking specifically for Ukraine right now electric_blue68 Mar 2022 #33
Yes, of course. Duh...... Totally Tunsie Mar 2022 #36
Oh, no problemo! 🙂 electric_blue68 Mar 2022 #37


(13,867 posts)
12. I hate groups that ask for donation only to charge exorbitant "administration" fees
Sat Mar 12, 2022, 04:11 PM
Mar 2022

Per Charity Navigator Doctors with out borders uses 90% of the donated money to the work they do, 10% for admin fees. Some of the best numbers in the business.
World Central Kitchen uses 100% of the money donated to feed people.
Jose' Andres pays the admin fees himself. Can't beat that.. Your money will get to where it's needed, not to line someones pockets..
Feed'em and Fix'em..


(149,473 posts)
5. Their work is invaluable!
Sat Mar 12, 2022, 03:00 PM
Mar 2022

I have been supporting them for years.

I am so grateful for their tireless work. They go in when other groups leave.

May they always have success!

Totally Tunsie

(10,885 posts)
9. Thank you, CP.
Sat Mar 12, 2022, 03:17 PM
Mar 2022

I always hear the MASH themesong ("Suicide is Painless&quot playing in my brain as I think of them.

Our donations are well-utilized here.

ETA: Oh darn, there's that crazy " and ) combo again making a !

Totally Tunsie

(10,885 posts)
11. Thank you. Our dollars stretch far with both these organizations.
Sat Mar 12, 2022, 03:21 PM
Mar 2022

What's more basic than food and medical care? (Oh, OK...I'll throw in shelter also!)

Totally Tunsie

(10,885 posts)
24. Oooo that sounds interesting!
Sat Mar 12, 2022, 11:46 PM
Mar 2022

I'll have to follow-up on that and learn more about it. Thanks for bringing it up.


(32,398 posts)
25. temporary popup about 7 years ago. harrowing. they talk you through imagining having to run
Sat Mar 12, 2022, 11:49 PM
Mar 2022

from home, knowing you most likely won't return. you get to taste that food bar that has all the nutrients need to survive. you go in the tents provided for refugee.

Totally Tunsie

(10,885 posts)
28. Now you've really piqued my interest.
Sat Mar 12, 2022, 11:53 PM
Mar 2022

How long was the program - a 1-day experience?
How many "survivors" participated?


(32,398 posts)
29. it was a walkup 30 minute experience, outside, open to anyone. setup on UCLA lawn
Sat Mar 12, 2022, 11:56 PM
Mar 2022

it was VERY HARROWING. they had sounds playing from the tents...such as woman screaming or sobbing after attack. stayed with me for a long time.

The people of Ukraine are leaving homes with possessions in back packs. Parking those cars along side the road, knowing they may never see the bulk of their possessions again. they had you imagine that scenario, not just the potential physical violence.

Totally Tunsie

(10,885 posts)
35. Yikes! That sounds intense.
Sun Mar 13, 2022, 12:25 AM
Mar 2022

I'm not sure I'd want it to last any longer. I tend to internalize strong experiences, and this would qualify.

An aside:
I'm still shell-shocked from viewing the end of the movie Soldier Blue based on the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864. I recall walking out of the theatre, dazed, and warning with my eyes to those waiting in line to enter. Later I realized I hadn't spoken for the remainder of the evening.

One of the sweetest sights I've seen in this invasion was the photo of the baby strollers left on the Poland/Ukraine border for the fleeing mothers to use. How dear and thoughtful. The Ukrainians are fighting this war with hands and heart. Some of their effort is so basic, such as the weaving of camo curtains to hide equipment, being made of netting and cloth scraps. Simply amazing.

Totally Tunsie

(10,885 posts)
26. It's truly, IMO, one of the best places to allot donations.
Sat Mar 12, 2022, 11:49 PM
Mar 2022

Everything about this organization is positive.


(153,087 posts)
30. I like the pamphlets they send me
Sun Mar 13, 2022, 12:00 AM
Mar 2022

letting me know what they are up to

it never ceases to amaze me, the courage and dedication of these medical workers


(153,087 posts)
34. cool!
Sun Mar 13, 2022, 12:12 AM
Mar 2022

I remember my grandmother telling me when I was a kid:

if you cannot directly help someone, give money to those who can


now it's like, I cannot watch news coverage of any disaster without donating to help, it's the best way to not feel completely helpless

Totally Tunsie

(10,885 posts)
38. Good words from your Gran.
Sun Mar 13, 2022, 12:40 AM
Mar 2022

It's the disaster appeals that really tug at me - those instances that are so sudden, so unplanned, so devastating, such as hurricanes, floods and fires. I will always find the funds to help as they come up, and I'm grateful to be able to do so.


(14,797 posts)
27. I had an recent urgent crisis myself but now things have quieted down...
Sat Mar 12, 2022, 11:50 PM
Mar 2022

I'm ready to do some donating!

DWB is on my list. 👍

Totally Tunsie

(10,885 posts)
31. My favorites include
Sun Mar 13, 2022, 12:06 AM
Mar 2022

Habitat for Humanity
The Alzheimer’s Association
and now World Central Kitchen.

All worthy causes!

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