HENNEPIN CO., Minn. (WCCO) – Two Minnesotans traveled to Poland on Saturday to help deal with the growing refugee crisis in Eastern Europe.
They are volunteers of the World Humanitarian Organization based in Minneapolis, Alight.
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Alissa Jordan and Andezu Orionzi arrived in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on a mission and with a U-Haul truck.
Minneapolis @We_Are_Alight volunteers Alissa Jordan and Andezu Orionzi are heading to Poland this afternoon with 15 bags of supplies. They join other aid workers at Medyka, the busiest border crossing in #Poland. More information on their mission tonight at 10 p.m. on @WCCO pic.twitter.com/lx3KkkksRL
—Kirsten Mitchell (@Kirsten_TV) March 12, 2022
“There’s a heaviness attached to traveling like this, but there’s also an element of hope,” Orionzi said.
They are bringing 15 bags of much needed supplies to the Ukrainian-Polish border to help deal with the growing refugee crisis.
“We actually send some of these medical supplies to Ukraine to those hiding in bomb shelters or to hospitals that need restocking,” Jordan said.
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Volunteers have a long journey. They take a 13-hour flight via Amsterdam to Warsaw, then drive five hours to Medyka, Poland’s busiest border crossing.
“Many of them are women and children walking for hours and crossing the border, we know we have to keep them warm and safe,” Orionzi said.
They will join eight other Alight volunteers at the border, who have been there since late February. They have distributed thousands of blankets and created heated tents for refugees who have to wait for hours in the cold before going to the reception centre.
The two women have already participated in humanitarian missions, but this will be their first time in Eastern Europe.
“I’m sure it will be difficult, but that’s our job, that’s what we do as humanitarians, and we’re really proud to do whatever we can to support people who are fleeing,” he said. said Jordan.
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Once the two arrive in Poland, Alight will have 10 volunteers there from around the world, including three from Minnesota.