Victoria Warren, owner of downtown Sarasota's Victoria Blooms flower shop, will host a supply drive for Ukrainians in need of basic everyday items. Warren will collect items at her Rosemary District shop through March 13, then ship the items to Ukraine, where her family still lives.
Warren, who's originally from Kyiv, was also instrumental in getting FDOT to agree to light up the Ringling Bridge in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. "You feel helpless when you see what’s happening,” she told us last week. “It doesn’t take much to let the people of Ukraine know we’re thinking of them, and that we’re all on the same page.”
Supplies needed include soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, travel-size shampoo, washcloths, small towels, lightweight hairbrushes, Wet Wipes, menstrual pads, diapers, first aid kits, non-perishable foods, energy bars, powdered soups, electrolyte packets, socks, underwear (men's, women's and kids'), 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'd like to contribute to the cost of shipping, or provide shipping supplies such as cardboard boxes, packing tape and Sharpies, contact the studio at (941) 363-0900 or inquire while dropping off supplies.
For more information, visit ukrainecrisissuppliesdrive.com.