- Sunflowers are Ukraine’s national flower, with 100 pins traded to help relief measures.
- Mi’kmaw artist Leanna MacLeod made the beaded pin to help Ukrainian humanitarian relief.
As the heart-wrenching photos and horrifying stories arise of Russia’s attack in Ukraine, Vida Woodworth wanted to replace the overwhelming emotions of grief and despair with help and caring.
It is work she supports every day at After Trauma Empowerment Network (ATEN) in Shubenacadie, N.S.
She volunteers and heads the board of directors for the not-for-profit resource center that “helps designate people, families, and communities impacted by trauma.”
“There have been numerous tears shed since the brutality and bombing began in Ukraine,” stated Woodworth.
She turned to a fellow ATEN volunteer, Leanna MacLeod, a Mi’kmaw artist, to make something to sell to help the attack victims.
“After hearing about the situation in Ukraine, my soul cried for them all,” MacLeod stated. “I liked to reach out in solidarity and help the people in Ukraine.”
They settled on a beaded tear-shaped pin and sharp details that mean Ukraine.
The tear is created of blue leather and supports birch bark. Blue is one of the two lines in the Ukrainian flag and represents the sky’s deep blue over the nation. It represents freedom, trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, and faith.
While the yellow stripe represents the golden wheat areas of Ukraine, the bright color is a sign of hope, positivity, joy, honor, and loyalty.
Each teardrop has a yellow sunflower, the flower of Ukraine, beaded in the center.
Each flower has a beaded green stem topped with a gold bead.
Green was used to describe the soothing color found in nature, while the gold bead means the many priceless resources seen in Ukraine, including its bold, strong and resilient people.
Source – cbc.ca