Resident doing her part to support Ukraine

Kalie Peccerillo, an adjunct professor and doctoral student at the University of New Haven, felt compelled to act after learning that two Ukrainian faculty members were putting care packages together for people in their war-torn country.

So Peccerillo, a North Haven resident, put a call out on social media asking for donations. And they came pouring in. 

Peccerillo has collected non-perishable food items, clothes and footwear, blankets, bedding, First Aid kits, and more for the care package effort, spearheaded by St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church in New Haven.

The care packages are sent to Lviv, Ukraine where they are to be distributed by relief organizations.

“I am also a practice manager at Yale for pediatric-adolescent gynecologist Dr. Alla Vash-Margita, who is Ukrainian,” Peccerillo pointed out. “So that has made even more of an emotional impact on me and created this strong desire to help.”

Local mother Taylor Aceto was happy to contribute to the care packages.

“I am proud to now be teaching my children what it means to give to those in need,” she said.

Kalie Peccerillo can be reached at





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