Ukrainian boy ‘overwhelmed’ with LEGO donations

A Ukrainian boy who’s taken refuge in Ireland has been deluged with LEGO thanks to an online appeal.

Andrey Sidorov is an 11-year old forced to leave his LEGO collection behind. He and his father have had to flee Ukraine as a consequence of the country’s invasion by Russia. After seeking refuge in Ireland, Andrey’s father Igor sent out a plea for help in a Facebook support group. He asked people to donate LEGO, in any quantity, to make his son’s life a little brighter.

According to BBC News, this appeal has been phenomenally successful. Massive quantities of LEGO – both new and used – has been flooding into the Sidorov’s Ireland hotel. This has allowed Andrey to build non-stop with LEGO for a solid week.

Andrey’s Instagram account contains several examples of his work, including a few Irish flags. His YouTube account was also used to document his creations, although (for obvious reasons) it hasn’t been updated in recent months.

While Russia’s invasion of Ukraine remains ongoing, a number of people have expressed their resistance through the medium of LEGO. Some people have used custom LEGO models to raise money for relief efforts, while others have used them in protest art. Still, we hope that in Andrey’s case, LEGO proves a welcome distraction from the conflict.

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