'RHONY' 's Bethenny Frankel Says Her Nonprofit BStrong Has Raised Another $4M for Ukraine Relief

The former reality star told PEOPLE last month that her nonprofit had begun rolling out 100,000 crisis kits for Ukrainians in need

Bethenny Frankel has helped raise some significant additional monetary support for Ukraine.

The Real Housewives of New York City alum, 51, announced Tuesday on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan that her BStrong nonprofit has raised another $4 million in cash donations in addition to the $10 million in aid that the organization is already delivering to the region.

"And this is the American people," Frankel told host Ryan Seacrest. "These are $50 donations because a $50 donation could be a train ticket for someone to get where they need to get to. So, it's been all about small donations, that's the thing that's been really inspiring."

Frankel said her group was initially in Poland helping Ukrainian refugees with relocation, in addition to providing them with crisis kits. Last month, shortly after the conflict began, the former reality star told PEOPLE that her nonprofit had started to roll out 100,000 crisis kits, which came with items such as blankets, sleeping bags, toiletry kits, non-perishables, water, and generators.

"So many people stayed," Frankel said on Tuesday. "We've seen such a [large] group of people who stayed and there's no food for them … so we're going back in."

Ukrainian children
Ukrainian children. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP via Getty

Russia's attack on Ukraine continues after their forces launched a large-scale invasion on Feb. 24 — the first major land conflict in Europe in decades.

Details of the fighting change by the day, but hundreds of civilians have already been reported dead or wounded, including children. More than a million Ukrainians have also fled, the United Nations says.

The invasion, ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, has drawn condemnation around the world and severe economic sanctions against Russia.

With NATO forces massing in the region around Ukraine, various countries have also pledged aid or military support to the resistance. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for peace talks — so far unsuccessful — while urging his country to fight back.

Irpin, Ukraine
Irpin, Ukraine. ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty

In addition to raising funds, Frankel and her nonprofit have been tasked with handling the logistics of shipping aid overseas, though she's had some assistance from experts along the way.

"This is also about how much we can efficiently transport," Frankel previously told PEOPLE as BStrong sent out its first round of aid. She added, "We always make multiple trips, and this could be a six-month to, God knows, a year-long effort. It depends. We're just starting to figure this out."

Frankel has promised to continue providing supplies to Ukraine in the coming months and is still accepting donations.

People stand with their luggage as they wait to be relocated from the temporary shelter for refugees in a former shopping center between the Ukrainian border and the Polish city of Przemysl, in Poland
People stand with their luggage as they wait to be relocated from the temporary shelter for refugees in a former shopping center between the Ukrainian border and the Polish city of Przemysl on March 8. LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP via Getty Images

"When the headlines fade, we're still finishing a mission. You can't go there, you can't commit to something without following through," Frankel said at the time. "And aid has to be fully distributed, and money allocated to a certain disaster relief effort has to be fully distributed. So it's a long process. It's not a one-and-done thing."

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She continued: "This is looking like it will be the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II ... We're lucky that we can do something when so many people feel helpless," she says.

Donations to BStrong can be made at https://bethenny.com/bstrong.

The Russian attack on Ukraine is an evolving story, with information changing quickly. Follow PEOPLE's complete coverage of the war here, including stories from citizens on the ground and ways to help.

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