Global Empowerment Mission assembling palettes to assist those in Ukraine affected by Russian invasion

DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida organization is among those rallying behind Ukraine following the recent Russian invasion.

Global Empowerment Mission in Doral is packing supplies to send to the country.

They spent several hours on Wednesday putting together palettes containing kits with hygiene supplies, first aid kits, blankets, tents and sleeping bags, in anticipation of the mass number of people affected by the attack.

They also included face masks, socks and even food — enough to feed a family of four.

Palettes will be shipped to neighboring Poland as early as Thursday.

“Today, we’re preparing to ship some things by air, and we’re starting to load containers,” said Global Empowerment Mission founder Michael Capponi. “The first container will be out at sea by tomorrow. We have 44 million people that live in Ukraine. They’re going to be terrified by tomorrow and today, and it’s too many people trying to leave major cities all at once.”

Capponi said they’ve been preparing, as they had anticipated the Russian invasion into Ukraine.

Over the next few months, the organization will send 100,000 kits to the area.

Global Empowerment Mission’s president is set to head to Poland on Thursday to assist with the distribution of the kits.

“Initial meetings with our Ukrainian partners were in Kyiv, and now I can’t get to Kyiv, and those partners can’t leave Kyiv,” he said. “I’m extremely sad for, you know, people in a sovereign country that have to, basically, pack up and leave their country. Imagine the anxiety. They have no idea what’s going to happen.”