TAUNTON (CBS) – Retired Taunton Fireplace Chief Tom Downey is emotional seeing the overwhelming quantity of donations coming in for Ukrainian refugees.
“I’ve been choked up actually,” he stated.
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Downey stated volunteers packed up 477 bins Friday, however the provides may not make it out of Massachusetts.
“It’s due to the gasoline,” Downey stated. “They will’t ship abroad now as a result of the costs are so excessive.”
One other group, Boston Aide for Ukraine, can be feeling the stress. They’ve raised greater than $44,000 for delivery and taxes however say that cash runs out shortly when donations are pouring in.
“We’ve seen costs that vary from $200-300 for a single field,” stated Daniel Pavlotsky, of Boston Aide for Ukraine.
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“With the rising value of gasoline, it doesn’t solely have an effect on the fuel we put in our automobile,” stated Briana Tautiva of Boston Aide for Ukraine. “It’s additionally affecting what we’re in a position to ship and the way a lot of it.”
Downey says his crews can’t settle for any extra donations till all the bins are packed up and shipped away.
“I really feel so unhealthy turning individuals away,” Downey stated. “Individuals are nonetheless coming right here attempting to donate.”
Whereas it’s disappointing to be held up by delivery prices, organizers say there’s a silver lining.
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“That is what makes us wish to work as onerous as we’re working to get all this organized,” stated Ilana Pavlotsky of Boston Aide for Ukraine.