PETERSBURG, Va. – A Petersburg company that sells surplus medical and surgical equipment is preparing to send a huge shipping container full of supplies to war-torn Ukraine.
“Anything we can do to help Ukrainians, we will do our part,” said Mike Lowder, chief operating officer of MST & Associates.
The company sends over 16,600 pounds, or just over 8 tons, of supplies.
“We have it. They need it,” Lowder said. “And it’s the least we can do.”
Medical supplies worth about $230,000 are enough to fill a 40-foot container.
The MST effort began after a conversation with the Paul Chester Children’s Hope Foundation.
“It’s a terrible tragedy, as children of the Cold War, we often hear about the big bad guys that is Russia,” Lowder said. “And it’s not as important as what Ukrainians are going through.”
With the foundation securing the container and the logistics to get it to Ukraine, MST set about filling it with an assortment of medical supplies.
“These are shoe covers, so obviously surgeons don’t have their shoes out in the open inside the operating room,” Lowder explained. “These are isolation gowns to make sure everyone is covered and hygienic.”
Lowder said staff members worked quickly in just three days to make the shipment happen.
“Employees all understand the need for these medical supplies, and while MST is in the business to make money, now is not the time,” Lowder said. “We’re not making a dollar on this one – and that’s fine.”
The 40ft container, which will be loaded and shipped on Monday, is expected to reach Ukraine in about 45 to 60 days, according to company officials.