SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The effort to help victims of war in Ukraine continues with new ideas and fundraisers in the Santa Barbara area.
Julia Ruvanoba was standing at a bakery and jewelry table recently and while the items weren’t for sale, they were asking for a donation to help the people of Ukraine, where she has friends and relatives.
“We are a group of women who have come together because of this tragedy,” she said as she stood with her group. “We all have families in Ukraine. It’s so sad what is happening in Ukraine right now.”
This group has direct links with families in difficulty and their funds will meet urgent needs.
“We collect money and send directly to Ukraine. We have volunteers who buy food medicine, whatever they need, and then distribute it to people.”
She says the support has been strong.
“We really appreciate the Americans and everyone who supports us,” Ruvanoba said.
Nearby, Hanna Hedrick from Laguna Blanca School and her sister Charlie from Santa Barbara High School were selling water bottles personalized with a logo they created.
“It’s SOL and it means showing our love for Ukraine. We just designed a logo and contacted a company and they put it on the water bottles for us,” Hanna said.
It was an idea that turned into a pop-up table around town.
One of their first stops was at the base of Stearns Wharf. They also sold at a table where people entered I Madonnari at the old mission.
Charlie Hedrick said: “We thought this would be a great start and would make great gifts. Especially as Father’s Day is approaching or just for birthdays. They are easy to carry, lightweight. money to help Ukraine.”
The girls have a webpage – Showourlove.info, with information on making an online purchase for those who don’t see the popup board when it came out. They say that with every bottle of water purchased, the proceeds will be donated to partnerships that are on the frontlines providing immediate relief, such as food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support and cash assistance.
They are particularly interested in helping children.
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