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'Sunflowers For Ukraine' Kicks-Off On Welcome Day In Newtown

Patch logo Patch 6/23/2022 Jeff Werner
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NEWTOWN, Pa. — A fundraising effort is underway in Newtown to assist 25 Ukrainian refugee children who are now attending class in the Council Rock School District.

The Newtown Rotary Club has teamed up with the Newtown Hardware House and Countryside Gallery for “Sunflowers For Ukraine,” which is raising support through the sale of posters, the auction of an original piece of artwork and a gift card collection campaign.

According to Rotarian Paul Salvatore, $25 gift cards to Wal-Mart and Target along with Visa Gift Cards can be dropped off during regular business hours at the Newtown Hardware House at 108 South State Street and at the Countryside Gallery at 2 South State Street.

In addition, the gallery will be selling “Sunflowers for Ukraine” posters for $15 each starting on Welcome Day, Sunday, June 26. And they will also be auctioning off an original piece of art created by 39 Council Rock students under the direction of art teacher Bonnie Porter.

Proceeds from the sale of the posters and the auction of the original art will be used to purchase additional gift cards for the children and their families.

“We’re accepting gift card donations now, but we’re having our big kick off on Welcome Day. While you’re in town, you can buy the poster, make a bid on the artwork or donate gift cards,” said Salvatore.

“The beautiful thing is that the original art was done by the children of Council Rock and that it’s going to help their classmates,” said Salvatore. “The kids thought that was phenomenal when we told them what we were doing.

“These kids came here with virtually nothing but the clothes on their backs,” said Salvatore of the Ukrainian refugees. “One family literally walked from the Ukraine into Romania. They had nothing. Their fathers are all in the Ukraine. They had to stay and fight.

“Imagine if that were you and you had to leave your home, leave your father and husband and go to a strange country,” said Salvatore. “A lot of these kids had some traumatic experience. How can you not feel for the children? The least we can do is to help.”

Later in July, Salvatore said plans are in the works to organize a picnic for the kids and their mothers at Crossing Community Church.

Salvatore encourages everyone who reads this to help out.

“Think of it as an act of kindness for an individual you’ll never meet, but you know it’s going to make a world of difference in their lives.”

As the gift cards are being collected, they are being distributed to the refugee children through the school district’s social workers.

“They’ve seen the horrors of war. Now they need to see some kindness. They need to know that people care,” said Salvatore.

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