Nursing homes collect supplies for Ukraine war victims

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The Crawfordsville and West Lafayette facilities don’t just collect necessities, they also seek out fun activities for kids.

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – The situation in Ukraine is prompting many Hoosiers to take action, hoping to find ways to help.

Crawfordsville and West Lafayette retirement homes are mobilizing residents and the community by organizing a fundraiser to help war-affected Ukrainians.

“When we saw what was happening in Ukraine, it was an automatic thing to want to be able to give back and to be able to take care of someone,” said Kristi Salmon, business development manager at The Lane House retirement home.

Inside The Lane House nursing home in Crawfordsville, the war taking place halfway around the world in Ukraine affects many residents and staff.

“You know, they may be veterans of a war, so they know what it’s like to be potentially displaced or in the midst of chaos like they’re in Ukraine right now,” Salmon said.

Seeing those gruesome images of destruction and death there made them take action here, Salmon said.

“It’s devastating,” Salmon said. “I want to tell and hear about all the children who have lost their lives and those who live underground. If somehow someone can get them a coloring book or a game or a sweater, then at least we’re doing something to help.”

They opened the appeal here and at the Heritage Healthcare Nursing Home in West Lafayette, taking donations to help war-affected men, women and children.

So far, they’ve received lots of donations, like washcloths and socks, but what they really need are more medical supplies. The community responded in force, dropping off bags and boxes full of supplies.

The action they take to help energizes the residents.

“They’re excited,” she said. “A lot of them hang around the front door because they want to see what’s next.”

Salmon said she and the residents were grateful to be able to make an impact and happy to see the community standing behind them, ready to help.

“You know, everything helps. It’s important,” Salmon said.

They are looking for easy-to-ship supplies like gloves, masks, first aid supplies, diapers, wipes, toiletries, toothbrushes and toothpaste, blankets, vitamins, formula, flashlights, children’s activities (such as coloring books, crayons, etc.), paper products, and new clothing such as socks and underwear.

They will be accepting donations through Friday, April 8 at 5 p.m. to Heritage Healthcare at 3401 Soldiers Home Road in West Lafayette and The Lane House at 1000 Lane Avenue in Crawfordsville.

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