Local Businesses Pitching in to Help Ukrainian Refugees

Show your support with a handbag, jewelry, clothing and meals that are directing funds to nonprofits helping those in need overseas.
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Kent Stetson’s handbag to support Ukraine. Photo by Lesia Fasiak.

Rhode Island-based small businesses are coming up with ways to help Ukrainian refugees. Some of the ideas include designing a handbag and jewelry with a portion of proceeds donated to various Ukrainian relief efforts. Others are serving meals or hosting events to gather funds for the cause. Here are some ways you can support their efforts:

Kent Stetson handbags

Pawtucket-based handbag designer Kent Stetson handcrafted a “Peace for Ukraine” blue and yellow clutch affixed with a sunflower for which fifty percent of proceeds will be donated to Amnesty International. The bags are cruelty-free, made from coated canvas, and include a removable cross-body chain, logo dust bag, clear vinyl inner pocket and are individually signed.

Luca and Danni

Local jewelry company Luca and Danni created a bangle bracelet highlighting Ukraine’s national flower, the sunflower, which is a symbol for solidarity and strength. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the yellow sunflower bangle will be donated to Sunflower of Peace, a nonprofit organization that is providing backpacks with crucial first aid supplies to Ukrainian soldiers, citizens and volunteers. The bracelet will be available through the end of April.

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The Luca and Danni yellow sunflower bangle raises funds for backpacks with first aid supplies for Ukrainian soldiers, citizens and volunteers.

Amy Page DeBlasio clothing

Designer Amy Page DeBlasio of APD is donating thirty percent of all sales today through Sunday, March 27 to the Red Cross Ukraine in memory of her great grandfather who was born there.

Bayberry Beer Hall Stands with Ukraine

Bayberry Beer Hall has invited chef Konstantin Prokoshyn to the restaurant for a special event on Wed., March 30 from 4 p.m. to close, for which he’ll cook some of his favorite Ukrainian dishes for guests to enjoy. The event is in partnership with Bayberry Garden. A portion of proceeds for the night will be donated to Save the Children, an organization in Ukraine that is providing direct support for the children impacted by the war. Make a reservation online.

Easy Entertaining Early Brunch Orders Support Ukraine

Easy Entertaining is donating fifty percent of its Easter takeout sales to the World Central Kitchen, which is a nonprofit founded by international chef Jose Andres that is bringing meals to the front lines of communities in crisis. Order your Easter brunch or dinner through Easy Entertaining and half of the sales will automatically be donated to World Central Kitchen. Choose from a package that includes a tomato and pesto frittata; a spring salad with mesclun, goat cheese, quinoa and polenta croutons; turkey sausage; and take-and-bake cinnamon buns or a dinner with glazed ham, asparagus salad, orecchiette pasta with fresh peas and lemon cream sauce, plus take-and-bake savory buns (both packages serve up to six guests).

CORE Fitness

CORE fitness studio already held a lagree and cycling fundraiser last week that gathered $1,000 in donations to send to volunteers in Ukraine who are buying food and medicine for people who need it. “Thank you CORE family for helping us raise money to benefit and help people in Ukraine during this difficult time. We stand together and support each other because that is what a commUNITY does,” says an Instagram post on CORE’s account