Leajsk/Lviv – The journey towards Ukraine is tedious, but with this campaign every effort is worth it!
BILD readers and companies donated tons of relief supplies (e.g. non-perishable food, hygiene items, animal feed) for the war victims. The red BILD truck and a Flixbus started in Berlin on Thursday. After 14 hours (!) of driving, the first stage is reached: a Caritas camp in Leżajsk in eastern Poland. Arrived at 12:30 a.m. at minus 7 degrees.
The building has been closed for two hours. But the manager and her workers have been waiting for BILD. Everyone lends a hand in unloading the 40-ton truck in the middle of the night. As a farewell gift, the BILD crew gave the warehouse manager six bottles of white wine. She is touched. “Dzięki!” she says – THANK YOU.
Friday morning: Helpers load the German donations in kind onto a Ukrainian truck. Driver Anatoly crosses the Ukrainian border in the afternoon.
His destination: Lemberg. War victims are waiting there for help from BILD.
The next stop for the BILD crew during the night: the city of Przemyśl with a population of 60,000. This is where a large part of the refugees from Ukraine arrive. Thousands of people wait every day to continue their journey by bus or train to Berlin, Warsaw or Prague.
At 4 a.m., the BlLD team arrives at a former shopping center in an industrial area. The city has set up a reception camp for refugees there. Numerous buses and trucks are parked in front of the building.
As soon as one of the buses is ready to depart, women and children pour out of the mall and gather around the vehicle. BILD reporters distribute 400 power banks. The voluntary refugee helper Fabian Kaluza (24) from Stuttgart explains why these spare batteries are so important: “People here are dependent on their mobile phones. But you have trouble charging them. I’ve seen people sleep next to the sockets so they can charge their devices.”
BILD thanks all supporters of the relief campaign