An ethnic Ukrainian leads a shoe campaign for Ukraine aid

A local Ukrainian-born pharmacist leads a shoe drive to benefit the nonprofit Nova Ukraine, collecting gently used and new shoes of all types and sizes to raise money for essential medical supplies and medicines. will buy the shoes and distribute them to third world countries as well as Ukraine.

Nova Ukraine is a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian aid to the country. The organization does everything from supporting soup kitchens and medical professionals to helping refugees flee the country.

Novak will collect shoes Saturday, May 14, 21, and 28 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the entrance to the Jimbo in downtown Del Mar Highlands. Look for a blue tent with a Ukrainian flag.

Novak immigrated to the United States in 1996, but his parents still live on the outskirts of the war-torn port city of Mariupol.

“I am heartbroken to hear about the lost lives of those I grew up with,” said Yuliya, who is now director of pharmacy at Scripps Health and COVID vaccinator for San Diego County. “I can’t stop thinking about how lucky I am to live in this beautiful multicultural city of San Diego. I want to help my countrymen as much as possible and I hope San Diegans will join me.

Donations can also be dropped off at:

  • Torrey Pines Senior Living – 13101 Hartfield Ave, San Diego
  • PureCare Pharmacy – 5550 Carmel Mountain Rd, Unit 111, San Diego (within Fusion Center)
  • Help Ukraine Now – 7550 Miramar Rd, Unit 630 (MF 5pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 9am-1pm
  • 10130 Sorrento Valley Rd, Suite C, San Diego

Nova Ukraine is looking for more local businesses, schools, churches and community organizations to serve as shoe drop-off points. Contact Yuliya Novak directly at (858) 337-0575 or [email protected] for assistance.

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