Ongoing efforts to help the people of Ukraine continue to gain momentum.

The group Erie for Ukraine has decided to extend its collection drive until April 30.

Over the past month, members of Grace Slavic Pentecostal Church and First Ukrainian Pentecostal Churches have teamed up, to collect donations for the people of Ukraine.

In just four weeks, they've received enough items fill five shipping containers.

This week, volunteers packed two of those containers, which are now being shipped overseas.

Erie for Ukraine campaign manager Ruth Ribalko says the community support has been tremendous.

"It is overwhelming,” said Ribalko. “We didn't expect this many donations. We already sent out two containers. We thought we maybe had one or two more. We have three more containers to send out and we're not even done collecting donations, so it's amazing. The community of Erie really has come together.”

Donations can be dropped off at 820 W. 20th St. each Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m.

The group is asking for the following items:

  • children's diapers
  • baby formula
  • hygiene products
  • feminine products
  • first aid kits
  • washing detergent in powder form
  • rice
  • buckwheat
  • noodles
  • dry soups
  • baby clothes

This story is supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.