American kids buy ‘War in Ukraine’ toys, raising $230K for Ukraine
WASHINGTON — Russian armed forces invaded Ukraine on February 24 this year. Since then, the fighting has not stopped. But the winter period is expected to reduce the fights drastically. Experts say the activities will be focused on the supply and repair of weapons.
Since February 24, Ukraine’s allies led by the active United States have been helping Ukraine to collect funds, weapons, and medical supplies needed for the country’s survival. Old military warehouses with obsolete Soviet weapons were opened and emptied, being donated to the Ukrainian armed forces. Some countries have begun donating more modern Western weaponry. In other countries, their citizens have united and started collecting funds to buy Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones or repair old Soviet tanks.
With the coming of winter, priorities gradually shift. Weapons are still needed, but Ukraine today needs additional energy sources, such as power generators, food, warm clothing, blankets, medical supplies and services, and more.
BrickMania.com is an American electronic store selling different collections of toys with different themes. Toys are kind of like LEGO. And if LEGO has a policy of not marketing collections related to real military weapons, BrickMania.com doesn’t think so.
“Ghost of Kyiv” MiG-29, American M777 towed howitzer, 155mm shells pack, Ukrainian Wolverine, Defender of Ukraine, Ukrainian Female Sniper, T-64BV and T-80BVM tanks, Frontline President and Stugna-P Ukrainian ant0tank guided missile are only part of a rich thematic collection of the electronic store.
The prices of the toys vary, but they are definitely not expensive. They range from $40 to $600 depending on the complexity of the toy. For example, if the child wants a tank or a plane from the war in Ukraine, the price can exceed 200-300 USD. A soldier, an assault rifle, or the president of Ukraine are within $40-60.
Where will the amount go?
Apparently, the toys are getting a lot of interest as until December 13th BrickMania.com has announced that they will be donating a percentage of the value of each toy to help Ukraine. The amount collected by December 13th that the e-store will donate is nearly 230K US dollars [$229,914.38].
BrickMania.com says the amount will be distributed to various organizations involved in sending aid to Ukraine. The online store has listed the following organizations – United 24, Wingmen for Ukraine, International Rescue Committee, Direct Relief, and Ukrainian Red Cross. BrickMania.com also specifies that not only the mentioned organizations will receive funds, but also similar ones.
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