Mannheim Township Police Partners with Business and Church for Ukraine Donation Drive

Dozens of community members came to Wayne’s Towing in East Petersburg on Saturday to drop off food, clothing, personal hygiene items and more.

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pennsylvania — Communities in Lancaster County came together Saturday to help Ukrainians who continue to defend their country against Russian attacks.

“It’s amazing what we’ve received,” said Wayne McDade, co-owner of Wayne’s Towing in East Petersburg.

The company has partnered with the Manheim Township Police Department and St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Catholic Church for the “Fill the Truck” donation campaign.

“If it’s just a little comfort for them…socks, shoes, body armor, whatever we can do, if it’s just a little, it goes a long way,” McDade said. .

“It makes your heart happy,” said Michele Klinger, a Manheim Township patroller who helped coordinate the event. “As a police officer, we want to come out here and help everyone. This is what we do.”

Donations have been collected at various locations in Lancaster County over the past few weeks.

On Saturday, even more items were dropped off by community members and loaded onto a U-Haul truck.

Donations included things like dry food, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, socks, etc.

Several local police departments have also donated body armor to the Ukrainian military.

“They really really care about people they don’t even know in another country who are going through a crisis right now, so it’s been a pretty amazing journey for me as a police officer to see those things. happen here,” Officer Klinger said.

“When you see everyone from different walks of life stop here and donate, whether it’s a box of bandages or a car full of stuff, everyone comes together and donates what he can,” McDade said. “It’s something very special.”

Cash donations were also collected.

St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Catholic Church will now endeavor to send all donations to Ukraine.

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