BOONE, N.C. (WFXR) — Samaritan’s Purse — a North Carolina charity that helps provide international humanitarian aid — currently has about 30 people on the ground in Poland, Moldova, and Romania to lend a helping hand following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“War is horrible and I know when you watch civilians and they are caught up in the middle of fighting, there’s fear, they’re scared, and a lot of these that are leaving the country, it’s women and children,” said Edward Graham, vice president of operations for Samaritan’s Purse.

Graham plans to fly to Poland later this week on the organization’s cargo plane, which will be loaded with supplies. He says if the capital city Kyiv falls, there will be hundreds in need of medical attention.

“We’re able to send a hospital anywhere in the world in basically 36 hours, we have our own aircraft our own doctors and nurses on call and ready to go…fully equipped so we will just assess what those immediate needs are,” explained Graham.

Samaritan’s Purse aide workers are not only trained in their specific jobs, but in security as well.

“Samaritan’s Purse is responding to growing needs in Eastern Europe as fighting continues in Ukraine,” the Samaritan’s Purse website states. “A Disaster Assistance Response Team has been deployed to assess how we might be able to help meet the urgent needs of displaced families fleeing in search of safety.”

If you would like to donate to the North Carolina charity’s relief efforts in Ukraine, click here.