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Orphan Grain Train partners with Countryside Transportation for Ukraine

Two establishments in Sebewaing join their efforts to offer charities to Ukrainian refugees. The Orphan Grain Train is collecting donations, while the Countryside Transportation Service has offered one of its trucks to transport them.

Donations will be shipped to Orphan Grain Train’s main offices in Nebraska, from where they will be shipped. This is a departure from the way the Sebewaing team usually distributes its donations.

“In our three-year history in Michigan, we have sent donations to Panama, Republic of Georgia,” said Pastor Dave Reed, branch manager of Orphan Grain Train Michigan. “And what we’ve done is gather the humanitarian aid, especially the clothes, and then put them in a shipping container.”

Before the crisis in Ukraine, the Sebewaing subsidiary had a shipment ready to leave for Lithuania in a few weeks. However, it may be postponed, due to the opportunity to meet the need in Ukraine.

“In this case, it’s against normal procedure because of the urgency,” Reed said.

“The time window on this is narrow,” he added.

More than 600 boxes of quilts will go to Ukrainian refugees, one of many things they desperately need along with new underwear and socks, dry detergent and other hygiene items.

According to Pastor Reed, this has been the busiest branch of his branch since its inception in 2019. All of their volunteers are folding and wrapping donations, even as more donations pour in from individuals, d organizations, churches and others.

Reed had been the pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sebewaing, the same church that Countryside Transportation Service co-owner Joel Fiebig attends. This provided a connection through which Reed could request assistance in transporting the donations.

“We told them we would take care of it,” Fiebig said. “It’s for a good cause.”

Although only one truck is needed to travel the 900 miles to Nebraska, Fiebig said he would be willing to offer more if needed.

The truck will leave with the donations on Monday, March 21, 2022.