AD| On 24th February 2022, the world watched in shock as the unthinkable happened. Russain invaded Ukraine.
Although there have been many wars around the world, this one felt different. Partly because it was within Europe which is too close to home for comfort and partly because of the power and destructive weapons that Putin holds. It’s clear the world is desperate to help Ukraine but is also afraid to become a target themselves or have a part to play in triggering a third world war.
When the war started, reports came in as the world watched the suffering of this friendly nation unfold. We saw stories of hospitals trying to treat patients from basements, whole maternity wards forced underground. Chornobyl was captured, homes shelled and children fled the country.
It’s scary to imagine what Ukraine must be like now. We’ve seen tanks burning on the side of the road, bodies strewn across the streets and buildings on fire. Whole communities have been completely destroyed. People’s homes are gone and when this war ends, it will take a long time to rebuild.
The people have Ukraine have shown the world they are willing to fight for what is right. They are strong people with kind hearts. Despite all the sadness, loss and pain they are still doing their country proud.
It often takes a tragedy like this for us to be reminded of the good that is in the world. Charities have rallied around to get supplies sent to Ukrainians, countries have opened their borders to allow people to take refuge and people have opened their doors to offer rooms to those in need.
As a mother myself, one of the things that really touched me was when women left prams in train stations in Poland so that women fleeing the country with their babies could use them when they arrived to safety in an unfamiliar place.
If you are like me and wondering what you can do yourself to help, I’ve got the perfect thing here:
Buy sunflowers from Bloom Local.
Sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine. There was also a story that went viral of an old Ukrainian lady who gave seeds to Russian soldiers to put in their pockets and said:
“at least sunflowers will grow where you lie down in this land.”
Now sunflowers are popping up all over the place as a symbol of hope and solidarity with Ukraine.
BloomLocal has created a sunflower bouquet dedicated to the cause and will be donating 100% of the proceeds to The British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. This will help them get medicine and supplies to where they are needed most. Read more about this here.
So by buying these beautiful sunflowers, you are donating to help the people of Ukraine.
I hope that the war will be over soon, until then, let’s all do what we can to help those who are struggling in these times.