Russia’s invasion and bombing of Ukraine is the stuff of nightmares. If, like us, you’ve spent the weekend feeling heartbroken and helpless, we wanted to share a simple way you can lend your support to the people of Ukraine.
Over the weekend, a slide did the rounds on social media explaining how you could help Ukrainian Etsy sellers by purchasing their digital products. Instantly delivered to your inbox, buying this way means the seller does not have to actually go anywhere to send the item, but can still earn vital money whilst their world is being torn apart.
Finding Ukrainian sellers couldn’t be easier – go to Etsy, type in “digital file” and then click on the “all filters” button. From there, scroll down to the “shop location” category and type “Ukraine” into the search box. You’ll find everything from beautiful landscapes to cool graphic prints. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the sellers to make purchasing a digital download even quicker.
Additionally, artists Emily Caton-Thick and Chiara Perano, whose husband is Ukrainian, have both designed charitable prints. Every penny from Thick’s £35 line-drawing will be donated to @razom.for.ukraine, a Ukrainian charity providing emergency response, including urgent medical supplies, and each donation will be doubled by a private company, meaning the charity receives £105 for every print sold. 100% of profits from Chiara’s ‘Peace’ print will be donated to the Choose Love Ukraine Appeal, who are providing vital aid and services to those still in and fleeing the country, including: emergency medical care, food, shelter, clothes, legal support, support for the LGBTQIA+ community and mental health support.
Other ways to support Ukraine include writing to your local MP asking the to lobby the government to place further sanctions on Russia, signing this petition asking the UK government to help Ukrainian refugees and donating directly to local charities including Sunflower of Peace, United Help Ukraine and Voices of Children.