Six years ago, Maxim Onishchenko joined Zaporizhzhia Regional Blood Service Center as a technical specialist, not knowing how drastically his life and job would change the moment Russian troops crossed over into neighboring Ukraine in early 2022.
Over the first few days of the war, Onishchenko feared that Russia’s military would target Ukrainian energy facilities, so he and his team went to work creating a backup fuel supply to ensure that power to the blood center continued uninterrupted. Now, Onishchenko says Zaporizhzhia’s blood center can do just that, “in any conditions as long as it might take.”
“The blood center and its proper work have become my personal life,” Onishchenko says.
Such commitment means that it is often difficult to find more than a few minutes to eat – much less prepare – a proper meal. That’s why we, along with our Ukrainian partners DonorUA and our sister organization Global Blood Fund, are proud to provide a bit of kindness and comfort each week through our Thanksgiving Wednesday initiative.
“Since there is not much time during the day, I cook at home, and at work I usually have lunch alone and in a hurry,” Onishchenko says. “So I am very grateful for the variety of lunches that we are treated with.”