Saskatchewan. woman donating Etsy shop profits to help those displaced by the Russian invasion

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Chelsea Edwards will donate all profits from her Etsy shop to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.

Chelsea Edwards Studio is based in Biggar, Saskatchewan. and sells handmade linocuts.

In February, Edwards said she had just done a reprint of a pysanka, or Ukrainian Easter egg, and then Russia invaded Ukraine.

“Then I thought, well, the profits from this print, I really should donate, then I decided that any print that sells through March 15, I will donate all profits “, said Edwards.

Edwards believes that any action, however small, is worth it.

“There are so many people, especially in Saskatchewan, who have Ukrainian heritage and the feeling that people want to help in some way is really widespread.”

The shop has a few Ukrainian-inspired prints, including the Easter egg and a sunflower, which Edwards says are for Ukraine’s national flower.

Edwards will donate the money she raised from her sales to the Canadian Red Cross.

“A lot of people are probably considering donating to the Red Cross regardless and that way they’ll also get a nice piece of art to have in their home for their donation,” Edwards said.

The Red Cross said the money raised for the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal will allow them “to send staff, materials and funds to support the response of the Red Cross and Crescent Movement. Rouge in Ukraine and neighboring countries, including support for displaced persons”.

Field teams are working to provide immediate and ongoing relief efforts, such as providing emergency aid and basic needs like food and water.

The Red Cross also helps people cope with psychological trauma and sets up mobile health teams on the ground.

World Vision Canada is also on the ground welcoming refugees at the Romanian border.

The organization provides “psychological first aid” to children and provides resources for basic needs, including hygiene kits.

World Vision Canada is part of the Humanitarian Coalition, a group of aid organizations that, according to its website, offers Canadians a simple and effective way to help during international humanitarian disasters.

Michael Messenger, president and CEO of World Vision Canada, said the best way to provide aid is to give to organizations on the ground.

“Canadians are so generous, I just encourage them to give. The needs here are always greater than the resources we have to help,” Messenger said.

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