LIBERTY — Last month, screen-printing business Liberty Graphics was looking for an opportunity to help those directly affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They had already developed a sunflower design at the end of 2021 and didn’t realize the flower’s significance until the invasion began in late February. In Ukraine, the sunflower (or “sonyashnyk” in Ukrainian) represents peace, unity and resilience.

The nature-themed T-shirt company began printing its new “Sunflower & Bees” design (an original piece by natural history artist Diana Dee Tyler) during the first week of March, pledging to donate the profits to Doctors Without Borders until the end of the month. The company had initially planned for the fundraiser to last until the design sold out, but after almost selling out within two weeks ,it decided to do another print run in order to get the final donation number as high as possible. As word of mouth spread, the orders began flooding in. Liberty Graphics sold hundreds of shirts on its retail website, and its outlet store in Liberty saw people come from all over the state. The design was printed on T-shirts as well as tea towels, a new product line the company began producing last year.

When all was said and done, the design raised $6,273.59 through retail sales. The company has pledged to add another $1,000 on top of that for a total of $7,273.59. To keep the fundraiser going and give more customers an opportunity to contribute, the company has decided to donate $1 from the sale of each shirt to Doctors Without Borders for the foreseeable future.