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The high need for Ukrainian flags is a source of pride 

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Regional government launches help network for escaping Ukrainians.
  • Wanda Heffernan and Donna Thomas create flags at Windco in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s. 
  • The shop has been engaged in fielding demands for Ukrainian flags since Friday. 

Ukrainian flags are in high demand in Nfld and Labrador:

As symbols of solidarity with the individuals of Ukraine pop up across Newfoundland and Labrador, flag designers in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s state they can’t keep the blue and yellow material on the racks.

Staff at Windco Flags have been overwhelmed with demands for Ukrainian flags, told stitcher Donna Thomas. She assesses the shop has created between 40 and 50 flags since Russia raided Ukraine the previous week.

“The local government were the first ones looking for one. So we created them one, and our boss saw it and told, ‘OK, well, you better make me one,” Thomas informed CBC News on Wednesday. “Now all the villages are looking for one; all the schools are looking for them, a lot of individuals are requesting for them.”

Thomas told creating the flags grows mixed emotions: heartbreak over what Ukraine is going through — and dignity in the help shown for the nation by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

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Flags of Ukraine are in high demand as the war between Ukraine and Russia escalates

“I did have one couple just leave that told their son is on one of the vessels that are moving over the following week,” she said. “Numerous Ukrainian people who stay here in Newfoundland are looking for them.” 

Co-worker Wanda Heffernan has also been challenging at work seam flags.

“There’s a big need for them, and it simply makes you so proud that Newfoundlanders are just ready to step in no matter what and help. I think that’s merely great,” she stated.

N.L. launches backing system for Ukrainians

The flag requested by the local government now glides atop the flagpole at Confederation Building in St. John’s. The region has also launched a new help system to help Ukrainians looking for a shelter in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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