Retired Albemarle Teacher Rallies Community To Help Raise Money For Ukrainian Relief

ALBEMARLE, N.C. — A retired teacher from Albemarle was heartbroken while watching the images of war in Ukraine.  He felt compelled to do something, and so he rallied his community to help him.

Gary Moran is a retired English teacher from Albemarle.  He designed t-shirts and cookies to help raise money for Ukrainian Refugees who’ve lost everything.  Moran received a lot of assistance from people and businesses in his community, like the Vac & Dash Store, and the popular bakery, Albemarle Sweet Shop. In total, Moran raised over $10,000 for the people of Ukraine.

“I’m a little old to grab my rifle, and try to go to Ukraine, which is what I feel like doing.  So, if making cookies and selling cookies and t-shirts can send some money to help those folks in a dire, dire situation, then we can at least do that,” says Moran.

He says people from as far away as Washington, D.C., and Tennessee have reached out to him to buy t-shirts and cookies.

Moran volunteers with Central United Methodist Church of Albemarle.  All proceeds from the sale go directly to Ukraine.

If you’d like to donate, you can email Moran at