This Ukrainian trader sends 100% of the proceeds to her native country

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Photograph by Jessica Turner.

Delicate embroidered dresses and colorful children’s sweaters hanging above boxes of blood-thinning plasters and bullet-proof vests ready for shipment to war-torn Ukraine.

A volunteer assembly line packs, seals, rolls and loads boxes into a moving truck bound for the airport.

“I don’t even know how many people there are here,” says Olena Jacobs, owner of Ukie Style and a resident of the Preston Hollow area, in a video posted on her company’s social media pages. “My beautiful store has become a hub for volunteers helping everyone – boys, girls, Ukrainians, Americans, even some Russians.”

Jacobs’ store assistants on this day in early March not only pack and ship supplies to Ukraine, but also help with day-to-day orders for the store. It’s also important, because Jacobs says 100% of the store’s proceeds go to support the people of Ukraine.

The little shop on Preston Road, just south of Interstate 635, since the threat and outbreak of war with Russia, has become a charity and gathering place for collecting supplies for soldiers and refugees in Jacobs’ homeland. The Ukrainian Cultural Club of Dallas receives donations for places that need it most.

Board member Nataliya Shtanyuk said Jacobs and Ukie Style have been an “absolute blessing” to the club and its mission to meet the humanitarian needs of Ukrainians.

At the beginning of April, the store is calmer. Jacobs had to ask people to stop bringing in-kind donations because too many people were ignoring his list of needed items, drop off unnecessary goods. Boxes still line the walls, ready to be shipped – medical supplies for the war, she says.

A girl’s ensemble – a vivid hand-stitched floral vine on a white blouse over a red ruffled skirt – hangs on a hook. It was made in Ukraine, says Jacobs, and it’s the last. Because most of the store’s inventory is made in Ukraine, its once buoyant stock of clothing and accessories has dwindled. She prints “Pray for Ukraine” T-shirts and sells blue and yellow wristbands made by members of area churches.

Above a loudspeaker, a voice broadcasts in Ukrainian. All media discuss the brutality of the Russian invasion, especially the latest shocking footage, which shows dozens of dead Ukrainian civilians strewn on the streets of Bucha, a town northwest of the capital, kyiv.

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