GPM Raises Funds to Support Ukrainian Refugees

The company aims to collect $2 million through in-store donation pin-ups with JDC matching all donations.

April 13, 2022

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RICHMOND, Va.—GPM Investments has partnered with JDC, a global humanitarian organization, to raise funds to help alleviate the growing refugee crisis in Ukraine and neighboring countries, according to a news release.

"We want to render immediate assistance to help those affected by the war in Ukraine,” said Arie Kotler, CEO. “JDC is already on the ground providing refugees with a wide variety of emergency support, including food and medical care, and I’m proud that our company and our customers can act now to assist with this urgent effort.”

From now until June 12, GPM associates across all company-operated locations will sell pinups in donation amounts of $1, $5 and $10. Customers can also donate directly through JDC.

GPM is also partnering with its supplier community to raise more money. All proceeds will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1 million by a generous JDC donor.

All donations raised will be directly used to help Ukrainians of all faiths and backgrounds. GPM funds will support JDC’s provision of immediate relief to refugees and a special focus on medical care.

Telemedicine solutions and medical equipment—including the training of local medical staff in its use—will be provided by JDC and its partners and then transferred to local hospitals and refugee camps for long-term care.

“We are grateful to GPM Investments for their generous support of our efforts to aid refugees fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. This growing humanitarian disaster requires the kind of partnership we have developed to benefit thousands of refugees facing uncertain futures. Together, we’ll provide them urgent care and healing and, above all, deliver a critically needed sense of hope to those in despair,” said JDC CEO Ariel Zwang.