From Ireland with love: the 9,000 packages that well-wishers and families send to Ukraine every month

More than 60 tons of letters and parcels are sent from Ireland to Ukraine every month as people offer “love and comfort” to those affected by the Russian invasion.

t times up to 9,000 support packages have been processed and shipped to Ukraine from the GPO in Dublin – all free of charge.

Cyril McGrane, director of international mail at An Post, speaks weekly with his counterpart in the Ukrainian postal service and said he was “absolutely impressed by the resilience and determination of her and her colleagues to get the mail through despite all the dangers and obstacles.” .

“There is a great tradition of cooperation and friendship among postal people around the world and it is great to see what so many European and global posts are doing to bring practical support to the people of Ukraine,” he said.

“Despite the cost and time commitment, it is an honor to do so.”

Mail is sent via Air Business, An Post’s logistics and distribution company in north-west London, to Poland’s Poczta Post and then to Ukrposhta, the Ukrainian postal service.

“Linear transport is difficult and expensive, but we know how much it means to so many people, especially as winter approaches and Christmas beckons,” he said.

People ship all kinds of goods from baby food to pet food, clothing, shoes, medical supplies, bedding and educational toys.

Among the Ukrainians sending packages home at the GPO in Dublin last week were a couple from Chernihiv who have been under blockade almost since the Russian invasion began last February.

The couple have been in Ireland for two months but their six children and four grandchildren have remained in their home country.

The couple are now trying to help their family from a safe distance, sending their packages full of clothes and shoes from Dublin’s Palyanytsya aid center to help their large family in Chernihiv when the autumn days get colder.

“The convenience of the delivery process and the friendliness of the staff mean so much to us,” they said

“We can all learn a lot from the Irish about friendliness and the way of life and bring that experience back to Ukraine in the future when we return home.” Anna, a music teacher from Kyiv, came to Ireland two months ago because of the Russian bombing.

Every day she thinks about going home to her husband, mother, father and sister whom she misses.

“But I had to flee from the Russians, at least for a while. I’m following the package’s journey online with An Post and I know it has to travel a very long way to get to my family,” she said.

“I’m taking classes to improve my English and hopefully get a job teaching music.”

Anastasia, a mother of two from Donetsk, flew to Ireland on April 8 to join her mother, father and sister, leaving the rest of her family behind.

“So far I have sent home two large packages: mainly dry food, toiletries and clothes.”

As Mr McGrane explained, the packages are “essential to people’s basic lives” and the link between Ukraine and Ireland is “a bond of love and comfort”.

Polina Afanasyeva (19) is a journalism student from Kyiv. She fled Ukraine with her mother and now lives with a family in Skerries, Co. Dublin and works for An Post Communications From Ireland with love: the 9,000 packages that well-wishers and families send to Ukraine every month

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