Martinsville City Council members Danny Turner and Tammy Pearson have partnered to raise funds to help a nonprofit agency working to address the ongoing humanitarian effort created by the conflict in Ukraine.
The two worked with Rising Sun Breads to develop a heart-shaped sugar cookie decorated with the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag. Turner said they purchased a number of the sweet treats, which will be on sale at Pearson’s restaurants—Sportlanes in Collinsville and Shindig and Wild Magnolia in Martinsville—as well as Rising Sun Breads and Market Square convenience store.
Cookies can be purchased for $5 each and all proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.
“I’m proud to say that a Martinsville High School Graduate is over there as we speak bringing people from Ukraine back into Poland,” Turner said of George C. Metz, who works with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)—or Doctors Without Borders.
Metz spent time in Ukraine as part of his work with that organization and has a number of friends and colleagues still in the country. He flew to Germany last week to help transport volunteers into the conflict zone and drive refugees to safety.
Pearson, who thanked Turner for approaching her with the idea, said, “It’s a wonderful idea. Anything we can do to support Ukraine is so important.”