Huntington doctor organizes supply drive to help Ukraine refugees
A Huntington doctor is heading a donation drive to help those affected by the invasion of Ukraine.
Dr. David Buchin, who is leading Long Island Emergency Drive for Ukraine, took a similar fight for freedom 44 years ago.
"I was born in the Soviet Union," Buchin says. "We came here when I was 2 years old, and we came here with nothing."
He says all of his family's possessions were taken when they fled their homeland of Uzbekistan, which was part of the Soviet Republic.
Buchin says his family is Jewish and were being persecuted in the Soviet Union, so they came to the United States.
"I see the horrors that we see in the Ukraine right now, and it breaks my heart," Buchin says. "And so I want to give back."
Donations are being accepted at several drop-off points in Huntington, including Buchin's medical practice on Wall Street and at Town Hall.
The items will help the more than 1 million Ukrainians who have fled their homeland since Russian forces invaded a week ago.
Huntington resident Amy Colavita donated face masks and first aid kits.
"Obviously it's not a lot, but just to let people know we care," Colavita says. "We're thinking of them."
The supply drive is ongoing until the humanitarian crisis is over.