Help us raise money to pay for the installment of electricity in the medical equipment warehouse of the JDC Hesed Welfare Center in Donetsk.

Our good friend and student trip leader Dillon Hagius’ father John Hagius recently passed away. To honor his memory, our alternative break group has decided to raise money for the Hesed Welfare Center in Donetsk, Ukraine. Dillon has been an inspiration to us all—he is one of our student trip leaders and has shown tremendous strength in this difficult time. As friends of Dillon, we'd like to ask you to support us in honoring his dad.

From March 18-25, a group of 20 Jewish students from the University of Maryland, College Park will travel to Ukraine in partnership with Maryland Hillel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee ("JDC") to perform service work in the Jewish communities of Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk; connect with local Hillel peers; learn about Ukraine's Jewish community, history, and current socio-economic climate; better understand the pressing needs of Jews in Ukraine and in the Former Soviet Union; participate in Jewish Service Learning activities; help organize and participate in a meaningful and cross-cultural Shabbaton with local families; and have a blast exploring the rich and unique culture of Ukraine!

Prior to our departure, we have decided to organize a fundraiser on behalf of the community of Donetsk in which we will be serving. The money raised will help pay for the installment of electricity in the medical equipment warehouse of JDC's Hesed Welfare Center in Donetsk, in loving memory of Mr. Hagius. Upon our arrival to Donetsk, we will be working in that warehouse to refurbish medical equipment that will then be delivered to JDC clients.

Donetsk Hesed Electricity Project

The Donetsk Hesed warehouse where our group will be working is used to keep supplies and materials for homecare services (hygienic materials for bedridden clients), medical rehabilitation equipment (over 600 items of 42 different varieties, e.g. walkers, canes, etc.), humanitarian shipments that are received for the community, winter relief materials (e.g. warm clothes & blankets), and more. The warehouse serves everyday needs of about 4500 Hesed clients of all ages in Donetsk and in the surrounding areas.

However, as it currently exists, the warehouse has neither windows nor electricity, so the Hesed workers have to use a lantern every time they need to bring in or remove anything. In addition, the facility is very damp, which results in premature deterioration of the equipment and materials that are kept there.

Installment of electricity will provide lights that are extremely necessary for the organized and effective operation of the warehouse, and will make possible the use of electric heaters to heat and dry the warehouse space whenever needed. It will also allow your group to more effectively carry out your service project.

The total cost of the electricity project is $900. This will cover all cabling and materials, the purchase and installment of all necessary lights and lamps, and two portable heating devices.

We appreciate your support and compassion as we honor the memory of our loved one.

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