Sunflower of Peace Collecting For Ukrainians in Framingham in May

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FRAMINGHAM – Iryna Vitiuk Saks has been helping the Boston-based, Sunflower of Peace non-profit, raise funds to support Ukraine ever since the war broke out.

“Our mission has been shipping tactical medical backpacks to be used by paramedics on the front-lines in Ukraine,” said Saks.

“Over the past two months, we have been able to ship over 600 tactical backpacks filled with medical supplies. Each backpack has enough supplies to save as many as 10 lives,” she said.

“The Ukrainian paramedics couldn’t be more grateful. As our efforts have now expanded to support the local Ukrainian communities in need,” she said.

“I am pleased to announce that we now have the opportunity to also ship humanitarian aid, direct from Framingham,” said saks.

“Starting Sunday, May 15, Sunflower of Peace will be organizing local drop-off centers to collect everyday necessities like diapers, baby wipes, granola bars and more. The full list of items can be found on our flyer. These donations will support families with kids, elderly, children with disabilities, orphans, and those who fled their occupied homes; they are in urgent need of these items,” she said.

Individuals can drop off items needed from the flyers below in Framingham on May 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at 805 Water Street in Framingham.

“I am in direct contact with our partner volunteer organizations in Ukraine who will receive and distribute this aid,” she said.

“With no other means of obtaining these specific items, they have turned to Sunflower of Peace for support. I am hoping our Metro-West community will support our mission with donations and spreading the word about our humanitarian aid donation drive in Framingham,” said Saks.

If companies wish to collect the item, Saks said she can come by and pick them up in May.

Company collections that need pick up can email her at iryna.saks@gmail.com.

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These are just a few of more than 400 families the organization is supporting, said Iryna

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