South Tulsa nursery holds fundraiser for Ukraine

TULSA, Okla. — President of Southwood Landscape and Garden Center, Margaret Schulte, said a team of people at Southwood saw the images on the news and they wanted to do something to help.

The team at Southwood decided to hold fundraiser for humanitarian efforts in Ukraine by selling 500 sunflowers, provided by a vendor, which is the national flower of Ukraine.

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They pulled resources together and did research to know the funds raised would go to Ukrainian families in need by donating the funds to the International Red Cross.

“Being a place that people come to experience happiness and beauty, we thought we could tie that in so we approached some of our vendors and ask if we grew sunflowers would they donate some of the small plant so we could grow them out to help raise money for humanitarian efforts,” said Schulte.

Schulte said that 93% of what they give will go straight to victims and refugees to help them buy food or any other for of assistance they need after being forced from their homes.

She said the sunflowers showed up a week ago and are just staring to bloom but people have been buying faux sunflowers and sunflower seed saying, “the response has been great.”

“They’re a summer flower and this particular variety is compact flower and so its going to start blooming now and basically bloom all the way until October,” said Schulte.