Ukrainian Saint John florist sells hundreds of bouquets to raise funds for the motherland
The day after a Saint John florist announced that all proceeds from bouquets of blue and yellow flowers would be donated to Ukraine, the phone kept ringing.
Oksana Posatska, the owner of Galbraith Florist in east Saint John, is herself originally from Ukraine and still has family and friends there.
On Monday, Posatska began donating proceeds from its Ukraine-themed flower sales to the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Relief Fund.
“I can tell it’s not an urge to do something,” she said New Brunswick Turn. “It’s a duty.”
As the seventh day of war in Ukraine began on Wednesday, Russian forces stepped up their attacks on major urban areas, including the capital, Kyiv, as well as the strategic port cities of Odessa and Mariupol in the south. Amid the fighting, the humanitarian situation deteriorated.
More than 874,000 people have fled Ukraine in search of safety in neighboring countries, a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency told CBC News Network on Wednesday, and countless more have taken refuge. underground.
The Canadian government has agreed to match donations to the Red Cross relief fund of up to $10 million.
“It’s something that makes me cry”
By Wednesday afternoon, Posatska had sold 800 bouquets for $50 each. Some also included sunflowers, the national flower of Ukraine.
“So many people are calling and wanting to volunteer, they want to come and help, they want to get these bouquets and distribute them in the community,” she said.
People volunteered to deliver the flowers in Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton. Others called Posatska and told her to keep the flowers they had bought.
“It’s something that brings me to tears, and I’m very, very grateful to live in this community,” she said.