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Gov. Cox announces drive to help Ukrainian refugees with Miller Family Foundation

Mar 3, 2022, 3:02 PM | Updated: 4:52 pm
FILE: People arrive to the West Train Station from Zahony after border crossing at Zahony-Csap as t...
FILE: People arrive to the West Train Station from Zahony after border crossing at Zahony-Csap as they flee Ukraine on March 01, 2022 in BUDAPEST, Hungary. Refugees from Ukraine have fled into neighboring countries such as Hungary, forming long queues at border crossings, after Russia began a large-scale attack on Ukraine earlier this week. (Photo by Janos Kummer/Getty Images)
(Photo by Janos Kummer/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Gov. Spencer Cox announced a fundraiser and donation drive to help refugees from Ukraine. Cox joined the Larry H. Miller Company to announce the ‘Driven to Assist’ effort for Utah to help Ukraine’s growing number of refugees. 

Cox, Gail Miller, and others attended the announcement Friday at the State Capitol. 

“In times of crisis, Utahns respond. They take action to serve, lift, and love, and that is why I’m proud to be a member of this community,” Gail Miller said. “We have about 1,500 Ukrainian neighbors who live here in Utah. We are all heartbroken by the desperate situation their loved ones face in Ukraine. This is an opportunity for us to come together, put our arms around our neighbors, and show them that our hearts are united.”

Any money donated to the Community Foundation of Utah via the LHM.com website will be matched up to $2 million. Several foundations offered to help with matching funds including the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation, Todd and Andie Pedersen Family, Ryan and Ashley Smith, Clark and Christine Ivory Foundation, Kem and Carolyn Gardner Family, the Huntsman Family Foundation, Jeremy and Kristin Andrus Family Foundation, Ron and Janet Jibson Family Foundation, Zions Bank, and other anonymous donors.  

The LHM.com website went live Friday afternoon. The Community Foundation of Utah will give any raised money to organizations that it trusts. 

First Lady Abby Cox announced the ‘Show Up’ initiatives last year. That program will organize volunteers who will sort the donations for distribution. Intermountain Healthcare agreed to prepare donated goods before they are airlifted to areas where the Ukrainian refugees are gathering. 

Intermountain Healthcare released this photo of the Life Flight medical jet that will be used to fly supplies to Poland. (Used by permission, Intermountain Healthcare)

“This donation drive of cash and goods will make a life-saving difference to those Ukrainians forced to leave their homes,” Gov. Cox said. “Utahns are drawn to help those in need and I encourage those who can to give and support this effort.” 

MOST NEEDED ITEMS 

  • NEW with tags children’s shoes, coats, hats, gloves, and mittens 
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Diapers 
  • Feminine hygiene products 

Drop off locations  

Larry H. Miller Megaplex Theatres 

  • Megaplex at Jordan Commons, 9295 South State Street, Sandy 
  • Megaplex at Thanksgiving Point, 2935 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi 
  • Megaplex at Legacy Crossing, 1075 West Legacy Crossing Blvd., Centerville 

Smith’s Ballpark (Front Lobby – East of Home Plate Gates) 

  • 77 West 1300 South, Salt Lake City 

Daybreak Community 

  • The Hub Info Studio, 6172 W. Lake Avenue South Jordan, UT 84009 

Community partners include the Community Foundation of Utah, Intermountain Healthcare, Vivint Arena, Sister Goods, Show Up, Daybreak, LiveDaybreak, and Utah Food Bank.  

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Gov. Cox announces drive to help Ukrainian refugees with Miller Family Foundation