AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s hard to miss what a central Austin business is doing to show its support for Ukraine.
A large Ukrainian flag now flies above the First Texas Honda dealership at 3400 Steck Ave. Drivers will notice the billowing blue and yellow flag on the east side of North MoPac Expressway.
Genny Hill with the Continental Automotive Group, which owns the Honda dealership, said the flag is 30′ by 60′ in size. She also said, “We will fly the Ukrainian flag until there is peace in the region to show our support of Ukraine.”
Additionally, Hill said the dealership donated $100,000 to the Ascend Mission Fund’s Ukraine Relief Network, which she said uses churches to help evacuate and provide assistance to Ukrainian refugees. She said she hopes this donation will possibly inspire others in the Austin area to get involved with relief efforts.
In recent weeks, similar displays have popped up across Austin. Blue and yellow lights illuminated several Austin landmarks, including the Circuit of the Americas, to stand with the Ukrainian people after the Russian invasion there. Additionally, local business owners took part in efforts to raise relief funds by doing things like starting a special candle line, painting custom portraits and donating restaurant proceeds.
A group of Ukrainian people living in Austin also started collecting donated medical supplies at two local restaurants in the hopes they can save lives in Ukraine.
The U.S. announced Tuesday it will send up to $100 million in additional military aid to Ukraine, as Russia’s invasion of the country persists. The money will go toward Javelin anti-armor systems, according to Pentagon press secretary John Kirby. The U.S. has provided Ukraine with more than $1.7 billion since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in late February.