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There is such great need for support in Ukraine, and children are uniquely impacted by the war there.

The sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine, and Mindy Claflin of Nehalem was inspired to start a group fundraiser. At the Tillamook Headlight Herald Home and Garden Show next weekend, they will offer more than 5 different types of sunflower seedlings at $2 each. The seedlings include the American Giant Hybrid, which can grow to 14-16 feet high, as well as smaller types such as Dwarf Teddy Bear and Dwarf Sunspot, which are container varieties.

A beautiful 3-dimensional sunflower wall quilt created and donated by Michelle Vinciguerra of Neahkahnie will be offered as a silent auction item. Bids start at $300, with increments of $25. You may call in a bid now to Terri Maragos at (503) 368-5203 or at if you want to get a head start. The quilt is valued at $750. “Sunflowers for Ukraine” will also feature T-shirts, stickers, buttons, bracelets and other small items.

The Home and Garden Show is at the fairgrounds in Tillamook Sat. April 30, 9-4 and Sun. May 1, 11-4. Entrance and parking are free.

All proceeds from the booth will go directly to the Ukraine campaign of the nonprofit Save the Children. The team ID# is TRT-4128, “Sunflowers for Ukraine.” With that ID on the memo line, checks can also be sent directly to Save the Children, PO Box 97132, Washington DC 20090. This is a highly rated charity which has been operating in Ukraine since 2014.

Please plan to join us at the upcoming show. We’ll be glad you did!