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Woodbridge shipping company transforms into humanitarian operation to help Ukraine

The warehouse of Meest America Inc. looks like a strange split screen with one side of rows of packages bound for the Ukraine and eastern Europe before the war started.

News 12 Staff

Mar 10, 2022, 3:36 AM

Updated 832 days ago

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A Woodbridge company that has specialized in shipping freight to Ukraine for several decades has now transformed into a humanitarian operation to help the war-torn country.
The warehouse of Meest America Inc. looks like a strange split screen with one side of rows of packages bound for the Ukraine and eastern Europe before the war started. Items include gifts and household items. The other side of the warehouse is now lined with boxes of supplies arriving from across the United States to help Ukraine. The boxes are filled with items such as food and medical supplies.
Meest employees and volunteers are working to sort the items and get them ready to head to the Ukraine and to eastern Europe for the refugees.
The 33-year-old company made the quick shift overnight.
"We are in the center of the outpouring of support," says Natalia Brandafi, COO of Meest. "A very different job."
Meest is facing a dilemma, often footing the bill for the shipments and operating at a loss instead of asking donors for more money.
The nonprofit Razom Emergency Response is helping with shipping costs, but Brandafi says a lot more money is needed.


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