How can I help Ukraine? These organizations pledge their support after the Russian attack

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As a humanitarian crisis unfolds in Ukraine, UN relief chief Martin Griffiths has estimated that more than $1 billion will be needed in aid – including “food, shelter, medical health, water, sanitation and protection” – over the next three months.

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Below is a list of nonprofit organizations responding to the crisis in Ukraine. Although these are all legitimate organizations and this article links to their websites, scammers often target generous donors in times of crisis. Be sure to do your research before donating to a cause you find online.
People in Need provides humanitarian assistance to over 200,000 people on the ground in Ukraine. The Czech organization will “mainly provide the most basic needs depending on the evolving situation… [like] cash aid, food aid [and] hygiene items” in its first phase of support, according to its website.

People in Need is also committed to supporting countries facing an influx of Ukrainian refugees.

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The International Committee of the Red Cross has been present in eastern Ukraine for years providing assistance to people affected by the Russian conflict following the annexation of Crimea, according to its website.

The organization “pledges to continue supporting at-risk families in the region” amid growing concerns about displacement, mass casualties and destruction.

The American Red Cross, in particular, “sends 30 trained personnel to Europe to meet the emergency communication needs of the American military”.

Sofika Zielyk, a member of the National Ukrainian Women’s League of America, said the organization was in “total crisis mode” to respond to the invasion.

“This is a war that everyone needs to watch and try to help,” she told ABC News.

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So far, donations have benefited hospitals in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv and Luhansk, the organization said on its Facebook page.

UNICEF is working to help children and families in Ukraine by ensuring their critical needs are met, such as access to clean water, healthcare, education and protection, according to its website.

The organization already has 10 mobile child protection case management teams stationed in the east of the country to provide “psychosocial care to children traumatized by chronic insecurity” from the conflict with Russia.

Airbnb.org and Airbnb today announce that Airbnb.org will provide free short-term housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine.

United Help Ukraine (UHU) is working to deliver individual first aid kits (containing bandages and tourniquets to stop blood) and other emergency medical supplies to the frontlines.

Additionally, the UHU also cooperates with other emergency response organizations to prepare humanitarian aid for civilians who may be directly affected if Russian forces attack.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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