November 19, 2022

Light relief: Wreaths, candles created for the cause of Ukraine | Company

MANCHESTER — The owners of Equinox Valley Nursery in Manchester create and sell wreaths in the colors of the Ukrainian flag, with all proceeds going to the World Central Kitchen Ukraine relief effort.

The wreaths, available in various sizes and designs, feature a dried vine base adorned with sunflowers and blue flowers including hydrangeas and delphiniums. In less than a week, the nursery received over $1,000 in orders, with all proceeds going to World Central Kitchen.

“One of our customers came to get something for her front door that would show her solidarity with the people of Ukraine,” nursery co-owner Jennifer Casey said. “We loved the idea and immediately began the process of designing wreaths that incorporate the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Already the reception of the wreaths has been tremendous.

Casey, along with her mother and nursery co-founder Penny Preuss, worked tirelessly to fulfill orders.

“We are extremely excited to combine a celebration of spring in Vermont with a way to help the people of Ukraine,” Preuss said. “Our only limitation may be the availability of certain supplies.”

Meanwhile, Melissa Guyette Klick, owner of Icy Palmer Candle Co. in Sunderland, has developed the Solidarity Sunflower soy candle, designed exclusively for Dorset Union Store in Dorset.

The effort is part of “Light a Candle for Peace,” an ongoing fundraising campaign with 100% of proceeds sent from the store to Ukrainian relief care.

To date, Icy Palmer has delivered 35 individually hand-poured candles to the Dorset store and will continue to do so until the Northshire community burns bright for Ukrainian peace, Klick said.