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Corporate and community partners came together with the Toronto Police Service to make another humanitarian donation to Ukraine – this time 600 winter jackets.

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Chief Myron Demkiw joined Service members in packing the heavy jackets donated by Allied Universal on January 11 at Carmic Equipment Services in Mississauga. The Ukrainian relief group Razom for Ukraine will distribute the jackets to the Ukraine.

“It is important to be here to recognize the partnerships that exist when people come together to help people who are in need,” said Chief Myron Demkiw. “In this particular case, we have corporate partners coming together with community partners and the police service to provide humanitarian relief for Ukraine in a time of desperate need. This is a good example of the type of collaboration that can happen when people come together for a common good.”

Demkiw is of Ukrainian heritage. His late parents left the country shortly after World War II.

“I have closely watched the unfolding humanitarian travesty there and am looking for every opportunity where we could provide assistance and also create awareness with our own community here to understand what the nature of the conflict is and how people can assist,” he said.

Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit and Auxiliary Officers helped pack the materials as well as Traffic Services Detective Constable Vlad Svitlychnyi, who has spearheaded the collection of donations for Ukraine relief over the past year ranging from clothing to hygiene and baby products.

Police chief packs a box
Chief Myron Demkiw packs a box with coats to be donated to the UkrainePhoto: Brent Smyth

It is the second donation of jackets by Allied Universal, a security and facilities company who provided 1,200 jackets last year.

“We work closely with Toronto Police Service and giving back is very important to us,” said Regional General Manager Neal Archer. “When this opportunity came up, we were able to secure these brand new heavy duty jackets that we didn’t need as we just transitioned from one supplier to another.”

Allied shipped the jackets from Alberta to Toronto Police Fleet & Materials Management who removed the patches on the jackets.

Fleet Manager Ken Brenham commended the work of his team to get the jackets ready for shipment quickly.

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