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WEB EXCLUSIVE Raleigh rallies support for the people of Ukraine.
As conflict rages following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February, Raleigh residents have mobilized a number of initiatives offering financial support, humanitarian aid and solidarity to Ukrainians.
On Saturday, March 5, Ukrainian North Carolinians and lifelong Triangle residents alike assembled in Raleigh for a Stand with Ukraine march organized by Ukrainians in the Carolinas. Gathering under Downtown buildings that the City of Raleigh had just nights before lit up blue and yellow, the crowd voiced their support for U.S. sanctions on Russian oil and gas products, expedited legislation to accept Ukrainian refugees in the U.S. and the enforcement of a no-fly zone over Ukraine. (Another rally in support of Ukraine is slated to take place March 20 at the North Carolina State Capitol.)
In addition to the march, Ukrainians in the Carolinas and the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina have organized a number of supply drives. In recent weeks, several truckfuls of first aid kits, baby diapers and thermal gear donated by North Carolinians have been shipped overseas from dropoff points at North Raleigh Church of Christ, Blossom and Bone Florals in Durham and Bass & Watson Family Dental in Apex. Triangle businesses have also contributed to the cause by holding fundraisers—on March 10, the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and Durty Bull Brewing Company partnered to produce “BEERthoven,” a concert event with 100% of ticket proceeds going to Ukrainian aid efforts.
Raleighites looking to support Ukrainians can find opportunities on Facebook pages curated by Ukrainians in the Carolinas and the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina. Both pages are updated daily with the latest Triangle donation drives, fundraisers and support rallies.
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