A Chicago-based artist has raised $145,000 so far for the aid effort in Ukraine by making a Lego-style figurine of the country’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky.
The mini-figure – by custom Lego creators Citizen Brick – went on sale with a price tag of $100 and quickly sold out.
Money raised is being donated to the charity Direct Relief, which has sent medical aid to Ukraine since the Russian invasion began.
Trupia, who owns the toy-manufacturing company Citizen Brick, started making miniature figurines in the likeness of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to raise money for the country.
“I just felt that I had to act using what I had,” Trupia said.
Since the Russian invasion began, countless stories have surfaced about people doing what they can to help Ukraine. Thousands booked Ukrainian Airbnbs to directly help those living through the war. A baker in Texas sold cheesecake to raise money for the Ukrainian army. In California, two kids propped up a lemonade stand.
Trupia’s creative way of helping came in the form of custom Lego figurines — an initiative that raised $145,388 for Direct Relief, an organization providing medical aid to Ukraine.