Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused a lot of destruction and distress. RHONY’s Bethenny Frankel has jumped into action to assist Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion. The entrepreneur’s BStrong nonprofit is at the forefront to help in the crisis.

Bethenny Frankel is using her nonprofit initiative, BStrong, to bring $10 million worth of aid to those affected in the Ukraine invasion. Frankel’s organization has committed to distributing $10 million worth of aid, but on Friday announced she had now upped her goal to $20 million. She is now preparing to ship supplies to NATO countries bordering Ukraine.

The Real Housewives of New York star is really proud of her non profit. She said that the non profit has blossomed from a small relief effort to a massive one. It has a very lean infrastructure with a warehouse constantly filled with aid. A 40-foot container has already been dispatched and its one its way to help the refugees.

Frankel’s BStrong non profit is bringing toiletries, blankets, non-perishables, generators and more to Ukrainian refugees in Poland. “Here, we can just be very quick,” Frankel told PEOPLE about the rollout, which includes 100,000 crisis kits filled with blankets, sleeping bags, toiletry kits, non-perishables and water, plus generators. “We’re very immediate because we already have a warehouse that’s filled with $16 million in aid.”

Working with trucking partners, volunteers and logistical experts, the group has already begun to ship the crisis kits to Poland where it will set up refugee camps and begin distributing the aid by Monday, Frankel says. “Tomorrow, two 40-foot containers will go out … And then Monday, two additional 40-footers will go out, and it’s good to sort of stagger because it’s a lot more than you can visualize: $10 million in aid is an extraordinary amount.”

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Shifa Jahan

Shifa Jahan is a freelance writer from Bahrain currently pursuing her Masters degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, India. She is experienced in Copywriting, Academic Writing and loves to write about pop culture/ entertainment-news. Other interests include theatre, teaching, foreign languages and culture.

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