Small businesses based in Rhode Island are offering ways to help Ukrainian refugees. Some of the ideas include designing a handbag and jewelry with a portion of the proceeds donated to various Ukrainian relief efforts. Others serve meals or host events to raise money for the cause. Here are some ways to support their efforts:
Pawtucket-based handbag designer Kent Stetson has handcrafted a Blue and yellow “Peace for Ukraine” pouch affixed with a sunflower fifty percent of the proceeds of which will be donated to Amnesty International. The bags are cruelty-free, made from coated canvas and include a detachable shoulder chain, logo dust bag, interior clear vinyl pocket and are individually signed.
Local jewelry company Luca and Danni created a bangle bracelet showcasing Ukraine’s national flower, the sunflower, which is a symbol of togetherness and strength. Fifty percent of the proceeds of the yellow sunflower bracelet will be donated to peace sunflower, a non-profit organization that provides backpacks containing essential first aid supplies to Ukrainian soldiers, citizens and volunteers. The bracelet will be available until the end of April.
Designer Amy Page DeBlasio of APD is donating thirty percent of all sales from today through Sunday March 27 to the Ukrainian Red Cross in memory of his great-grandfather who was born there.
Bayberry Beer Hall has invited chef Konstantin Prokoshyn to the restaurant for a special event on Wednesday, March 30 from 4 p.m. until closing, where he will cook some of his favorite Ukrainian dishes for guests to enjoy. The event is in partnership with Bayberry Garden. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Save the Children, a Ukrainian organization that provides direct support to war-affected children. Make an online reservation.
Easy Entertaining donates fifty percent of its Easter takeout sales to the World Central Cuisinewhich is a non-profit organization founded by international chef Jose Andres that brings meals to the front lines of communities in crisis. Order your Easter brunch or dinner via Easy Entertaining and half of the sales will automatically be donated to World Central Kitchen. Choose from a package that includes a tomato pesto frittata; a spring salad with mesclun, goat cheese, quinoa and polenta croutons; turkey sausage; and cinnamon rolls to go or dinner with glazed ham, asparagus salad, orecchiette pasta with fresh peas and lemon cream sauce, plus savory rolls to go (both packages serve up to six people ).
Fitness studio CORE previously held a lagree and cycling fundraiser last week that raised $1,000 in donations to be sent to volunteers in Ukraine who buy food and medicine for people in need. “Thanks to the CORE family for helping us raise funds to benefit and help Ukrainians during this difficult time. We stick together and we support each other because that’s what a community does,” says an Instagram post on CORE Account.