By Olivia Anderson | [email protected]
As the Ukraine humanitarian crisis worsens and citizens continue to flee, many Alexandria businesses have created special offerings for community members to provide support. Here are a few ways to help.
Lorien Hotel and Spa is holding an event called “Creatives for a Cause: An Art Exhibition for Ukraine,” which will feature local Made in ALX artists, a one-hour performance by Savoia, complimentary wine and the opportunity to win a $300 gift card to Lorien’s spa. The $20 entry fee and a portion of all art purchases will be donated to the Ukrainian Crisis Fund.
HomeGrown Restaurant Group has teamed up with Port City Brewing Company to encourage customers to match its $10,000 donation to support José Andrés and his efforts with World Central Kitchen, which is providing meals to Ukrainian refugees. Customers can buy a Beach Drive beer from Port City at HomeGrown’s restaurants, including Pork Barrel BBQ, Whiskey & Oyster, Sweet Fire Donna’s and Tequila and Taco. The full $10 sale of the pint glass will be donated to WCK. Shop Made in VA is also offering 100% of the proceeds from the sale of select goods to World Central Kitchen.
Additionally, Hooray for Books is donating 20% of all proceeds from the sale of “Summer Kitchens: Recipes and Reminiscences from Every Corner of Ukraine” by Olia Hercules to the U.N. World Food Programme in support of Ukrainian refugees. Kyo Gallery will donate all gallery profits for any art work sold at the gallery and online to both UNICEF Ukraine and Ada Foundation. Old Town Books is partnering with resettlement nonprofit Lutheran Social Services and is encouraging donations, such as furniture and Ikea or Target gift cards. Each family Old Town Books helps resettle costs $5,000.