N.J. companies add to flood of donations to Ukraine

While many individuals across the state have been donating to show solidarity with Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, many New Jersey-based companies have been supporting the humanitarian crisis relief efforts in Ukraine, also.

Secaucus-based Quest Diagnostics Foundation on Tuesday announced a $500,000 donation to Project HOPE, which is on the ground in Ukraine delivering medical supplies and other urgent assistance. Additionally, Project HOPE is coordinating with local organizations in Ukraine, Poland, Moldova and Romania to provide support inside Ukraine as well as in the surrounding countries.

“We are proud of our foundation’s commitment to support the lifesaving efforts of Project HOPE in response to the devastating humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine and the surrounding countries,” said Steve Rusckowski, chairman, CEO and president of Quest Diagnostics. “The need is urgent, as more than 2 million refugees have been forced from their homes. Project HOPE is on the ground providing aid. We stand fully behind the people of Ukraine and pray for an end to the violence they are experiencing in their country.”

Quest Diagnostics employees have also donated to Project HOPE, with the foundation matching employee contributions.

“We are grateful to Quest Diagnostics and its employees for their steadfast support of Project HOPE,” said Rabih Torbay, CEO and president of Project HOPE. “The grant will help alleviate suffering by supporting the provision of medicines, medical supplies and equipment to health facilities in Ukraine and the surrounding countries of Poland, Romania and Moldova. The need is urgent as the fighting intensifies, and the support from Quest is greatly appreciated.”

To learn more about Project HOPE’s efforts in Ukraine, click here.

Meanwhile, Randolph-based Cra-Z-Art, a prime manufacturer in the U.S. and leader in trendy toy, activity, art and school supply products, teamed up with the Toy Foundation to aid children and families that have been directly impacted by the war in Ukraine.

Cra-Z-Art said it will donate approximately $250,000 worth of its premium markers, colored pencils, crayons, coloring books, activity kits and puzzles. One hundred percent of donations will directly support emergency relief efforts underway in Ukraine and neighboring countries where families are seeking refuge.

The Toy Foundation’s mission is to provide philanthropic support and the benefits of play to children and families under stress and in dire situations, across the country and globe. Since its inception in 2003, TTF has provided $225 million in toys to more than 26 million deserving children and families in underserved communities around the world. So far, the TTF’s Ukraine relief effort has raised over $2 million in cash and product donations from the toy industry, including Cra-Z-Art.

“Cra-Z-Art is very proud to have partnered with the Toy Foundation to help these families and kids in need. It’s a great organization, and we’re extremely proud to be in a position to help out. Hopefully, our donation of toys and art supplies will help spread some happiness among these children who are in such a tragic situation,” Cra-Z-Art Chairman Lawrence Rosen said.

“The Toy Foundation works to offer aid and support to children in need, especially those who have been impacted by the recent life-altering and devastating events. Thank you, Cra-Z-Art, for your incredibly generous contribution in support of the millions of children displaced by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine,” Toy Foundation Executive Director Pamela Mastrota said.

The donations are scheduled to be delivered in the next few weeks.