Local business and organization launch donation drive for Ukraine

A local business helped launch a week-long supply campaign on Monday, collecting donations of food to send to Ukraine, while trying to account for all of its employees.

“Vivint was really worried about this,” said Zachary Ibarra, program manager for Vivint Gives Back. “We have more employees living in Ukraine full time. We were worried for their safety, their families, their friends and of course their country and their homeland.

Ibarra says all of their employees are safe and accounted for. Some, he says, fled the country with millions of others, others stayed. Ibarra said they stay in regular contact with them, “to ask if they have any new needs. If they try to get out. If they need anything to stay.

Ibarra says that since the start of the invasion, Vivint has raised more than $100,000 in donations to buy needed supplies for Ukrainians. And recently, he said, local organization Stand with Ukraine approached them for help in collecting basic necessities for Ukrainian citizens.

“They asked if they could use our space to help collect these supplies and we jumped at the chance,” he said.

Ibarra said the Ukrainian government told them their people’s most important needs were rice, pasta, baby formula and any type of canned protein.

“We are thrilled to have them sent out and to see these images coming back of Ukrainians holding the items our local Utahns donated.”

People can drop off donations at Vivint Gym in Provo from March 28 to April 1 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Gladys T. Hensley