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CCSC and Community Fill the Bus for Ukraine

When a local connection was made between the CCSC’s Transportation Department and a Ukraine pastor, it didn’t take long before staff rallied together with ideas to help the Ukrainian people while also supporting the family of co-worker, Luke Brinkerhoff. 

CCSC’s transportation department mechanic, Luke Brinkerhoff, recently welcomed his brother Levi, along with his wife, who is native to Ukraine, and their four small children back to Montgomery County. After living 17 years in Ukraine, Pastor Levi and his family were thankful to escape the country, as Russia began the invasion, and return to safety in Indiana. However, their hearts are with those remaining in the country and for those who have become refugees in surrounding countries.

Levi began collecting items and making plans to see the deliveries through to Poland. The CCSC transportation department wanted to help collect items and announced the “Fill the Bus’’ Donation Drive. The event was Saturday, April 9 at the CCSC Bus Barn parking lot. 

Transportation Director Betsy Hamm said, “When we saw the [Journal Review} article about Luke’s brother, we all agreed we wanted to help and join Levi’s efforts to get items back to Ukraine.” 

Many people dropped by Saturday to donate items and show their support for the Brinkerhoff families and Ukraine. He plans to ship the items on April 20 and expects them to arrive by the end of the month.

“It was a good turnout. We were able to raise a few hundred dollars and people donated critical items such as emergency blankets and medical supplies for the frontlines,” Levi Brinkerhoff said. 

If you missed the drive and would still like to help, monetary donations are also accepted. Checks can be dropped off at St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church with a memo relating to Ukraine. Monetary donations are tax deductible, and can be made online at https://bit/ly/GivetoUkraine. Another link, dedicated to Levi’s church in Ukraine, Calvary Chapel Svitlovodsk, is providing food and shelter for refugees heading west,

“I’d like to thank everyone who came and is supporting Ukraine. Please continue to do so as the war is only intensifying and such supplies like we gathered and finances will be critical for the military as they continue to fight for the freedom of Ukraine,” he said.