When the war in Ukraine began in February, people around the world looked for ways to help. Some joined protests or expressed support on social media, many organizations and governments including our own in Manitoba sent money or supplies.
But amidst the prayers, protests and politics, Mila Wiebe, a nine-year-old area resident resolved to do what she could by making loom band bracelets.
When Mila heard at school about the devastated homes and displaced families, she determined to do something to help the Ukrainian people. One of her classmates has family living in Ukraine and, like many others, Mila wanted to find a way to get them supplies and food. So she made bracelets out of yellow and blue loom bands to sell to friends and family for $5 each. Many weeks later, the orders are still coming in.
To date, Mila has sold 89 of her blue-and-yellow bracelets with the help of her family, and raised $350 for the displaced people of Ukraine. Milas family are not at all surprised that she would want to help in any way she could, and describe her as a great kid with a soft heart.
It is easy to feel helpless as we watch images of Ukrainian refugees fleeing cities destroyed by Russian airstrikes, but many local groups are organizing to help in a variety of ways. Even needs much closer to home are being taken care of as people like Mila find a way to do what they can with what they have to offer.
Milas bracelets are available for order through my office, and 100 per cent of the money she raises will help people on the ground in Ukraine. Call me at 204-289-4545 to pick yours up soon.
Rossmere constituency report
Andrew Micklefield is PC MLA for Rossmere and the government whip for the Province of Manitoba.