Baking for Ukraine

Graphic made by Lexi Jones for the group’s social media posts.

photo by Lexi Jones

Graphic made by Lexi Jones for the group’s social media posts.

Four friends with one common goal have come together for the purpose of raising money to support a Ukrainian refugee family as well as an organization called Baranova 27. They are baking homemade bread and sugar cookies. The group began by posting on Facebook and was greeted with overwhelming support from the community.

“I think it’s really great people are willing to help, it’s easy to ignore issues happening across an ocean, but the community knows what they are seeing is wrong and want to help in any way they can,” said Maria Steiling (12), member of the group baking for Ukraine.

The idea came from Lexi Jones (12) who had been unable to take her eyes off what had been happening in the news, desperate to help in any way she could.

“I wanted to do this for a lot of reasons. First and foremost it’s about right and wrong. What is happening in Ukraine is wrong, and therefore it only felt right to try and help makes things better. To me, the war in Ukraine is not just about Ukraine,” said Lexi Jones. “It’s about freedom, democracy, and human decency. When I came into contact with Oksana, the issue began to hit really close to home for me. She has young kids that are a similar age to some of my younger cousins…I just knew I had to try and help her.”

The group chose bread and cookies because Ukraine is often referred to as the “breadbasket’ of Europe. Sisters Laney Jones (12) and Lexi Jones have previously sold cookies for Christmas so they thought using their pre-existing fanbase would be beneficial.

“For the past two years, my sister and I have had a lot of success baking and selling Christmas cookies during the month of December. When my sister mentioned the idea of selling bread to help Ukraine, it was an easy decision,” said Laney Jones.

If you would like to join the cause by making a donation or buying bread and cookies, please contact Lexi Jones at [email protected], Laney Jones at [email protected], Maria Steiling at [email protected], or Ellie Fitzpatrick at [email protected]

 “I would encourage everybody to do what they can. It doesn’t have to be a lot—every little bit helps. We all know the golden rule: treat others how you would like to be treated. I have a feeling that if most of us were in Ukraine’s position we would like some help,” said Lexi Jones.

Screenshot of message between Lexi Jones and Ukrainian refugee expressing her gratitude. (photo by Lexi Jones)