Victoria Warren, owner of Victoria Blooms flower shop in downtown Sarasota, will organize a supply drive for Ukrainians in need of basic everyday items. Warren will collect items from his store in Rosemary District until March 13, then ship the items to Ukraine, where his family still lives.
Warren, who is from Kyiv, was also instrumental in getting FDOT to agree to light the Ringling Bridge in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. “You feel helpless when you see what’s going on,” she told Us last week. “It doesn’t take much to let Ukrainians know that we are thinking of them and that we are all on the same page.”
Supplies needed include soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, travel shampoo, washcloths, small towels, light hair brushes, wet wipes, sanitary napkins, diapers, first aid kits, non-perishable food, energy bars, soup powders, electrolyte packets, socks, underwear (men’s, women’s and children’s), undershirts, sheets, blankets and lightweight fleece blankets.
Items can be dropped off at Victoria Blooms’ Rosemary District studio, 1421 Fifth St., Suite B. If you would like to help with shipping costs or provide shipping supplies such as cardboard boxes, tape and Sharpies , contact the studio at (941) 363-0900 or inquire by dropping off supplies.
For more information, visit ukrainecrisissuppliesdrive.com.