Sheriff’s departments in Minnesota, including Blue Earth County, are sending equipment to help the people of Ukraine defend themselves against Russian soldiers.

Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart says agencies donated more than 650 bulletproof vests, 55 helmets and four shields in just a few days.   Stuart says equipment donated by his office have reached the manufacturer’s expiration date, but are still capable of providing protection and will immediately help people in Ukraine.   Stuart said, “In these difficult and trying times, we are glad that we can provide some small gesture to help protect those who are risking everything for their families and their country.” The Minnesota Sheriff’s Association has a personal contact that will ensure the donated items  go to those in need.  Stuart is president of the organization.