These Ottawa businesses are helping to support Ukraine
CTV News Ottawa looks at businesses donating a portion of sales and collecting money and items to support the people of Ukraine.
Life of Pie
Life of Pie will donate all proceeds from the sale of its Ukrainian flag sugar cookies to the Canadian Red Cross.
The Ukrainian Canadian-owned business is located at 1134 Bank Street, near Sunnyside.
Owner Kerry Duffy says her husband is a first-generation Ukrainian, and they wanted to support Ukraine.
"My husband and my children have Ukrainian roots and we're a family-owned business, so it just sort of made sense to support Ukraine in this way," Duffy said.
Duffy tells Newstalk 580 CFRA's Ottawa Now with Kristy Cameron they have been "frantically" baking the Ukrainian flag sugar cookies, which sell for $4.
"The community we live in and work in is very supportive. I'm surprised how this caught fire."
All proceeds from the cookies will support the Canadian Red Cross fund for Ukraine. Life of Pie is also collecting cash donations.
Ottawa brand/boutique BBxCollection says it will be donating 10 per cent of sales to the Canada Ukraine Foundation in support of their "urgent humanitarian appeal" through March 31.
"When everything feels hopeless and heavy, I try to help. It’s who I am as a person and how I have operated my business since day one," BBxCollection said in a post on Instagram.
A donation option will also be added at checkout if you wish to add a small contribution to your order.
BBxCollection is located at 31 York Street in the ByWard Market.
Wedel Touch of Europe
Wedel Touch of Europe is collecting donations at both locations in support of Ukraine.
Wedel Touch of Europe is located at 5 ByWard Market Square and 300 Richmond Road.
For the entire month of March, five per cent of all food and drink sales at SAO café will support the Humanitarian Coalition of Canada.
Dao Café is located at 1558 Merivale Road.
Simply Biscotti has launched its We Stand with Ukraine fundraiser.
Proceeds from the sale of special cupcakes will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross in support of Ukraine.
“I think we’ve sold a hundred in a matter of minutes; we have them in our display, and people are saying, ‘What a nice idea - give me 12, give me six," owner Rosa Pino said.
Pino says the business wanted to do something to help out.
"Any little support that we can do," Pino said.
“It’s very sad on what’s happening, especially when I see those children running; everything being destroyed; I’m here to do my part.”
Simply Biscotti is located at 107 Colonnade Road.
COMFORT SHOES PLUS
Comfort Shoes Plus is accepting parcel donations of new items to help Ukrainians.
Drop off your humanitarian aid packages to Comfort Shoes Plus at the Greenbank Hunt Club Centre – 250 Greenbank Road.
The maximum weight of each package is 30 kg.
Items in need include
- Non-perishable food – BIG DEMAND
- Clothes and footwear for men/women/children
- Thermal underwear
- Hygiene products (women’s products, diapers, etc.; please do NOT include aerosols, perfumed items or aftershave)
- Blankets and bedding
- Table wear (disposable)
- First aid and first aid kits
- Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags
- Standalone lamps
- Containers for liquids (canisters for water, fuel, lubricants with capacity of 10-20 liters)
Apiverte Honey is donating 100 per cent of the proceeds of every jar of sunflower honey sold to the Canadian Red Cross Ukrainian Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.
"I’m not a fighter, there’s so many things I’m not; but, what I am is a beekeeper, I can contribute honey and I can raise some funds," owner Sandra Bornn said.
"As we’re seeing the war unfold on TV in real time, it’s hard to sit back and just watch what’s happening when you could do something. We’re a small business, we’re a new business, we don’t have tons of money - but we’ve got lots of honey."
Apiverte says Ukraine is one of the world's top producers of sunflowers and the sunflower is the national flower.
"So it seems fitting that we share some of that beauty and flavour while supporting international aid efforts."
You can pre-order for pickup at the Apiverte Honey workshop or the Ottawa Farmers Market.
Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint will be donating the net proceeds of sales on its 2022 pysanka-themed collector's coin to the Red Cross Ukrainian relief fund.
The coins celebrating Ukrainian Easter eggs are limited in number, and will be available starting March 8.
The Ottawa Senators will donate proceeds from 50/50 draws during home games at the Canadian Tire Centre to organizations providing humanitarian and medical relief in Ukraine.
Sens owner Eugene Melnyk is also working with Ottawa's Ukrainian community to set up the arena as a drop-off point for clothing, medical supplies and other items for people in Ukraine and those who have fled to nearby countries.
Moscow Tea Room
The Moscow Tea Room says on Friday, March 18, 100 per cent of their sales will go to support Global Medic and to help the people of Ukraine.
World of Maps
World of Maps at 1191 Wellington St. W. is raising funds for the Red Cross. The store will match donations up to $2000.
Ukrainian Canadian Congress
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Ottawa Branch is teaming up with Meest Corporation to help Ukraine with items they need.
“I want to help the people who need it most, and right now, it’s Ukraine," Olenka Reschitnyk-Bastian said.
Starting Saturday, and every morning onwards, you can drop off donations at 1000 Byron Street – Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral Hall.
Reschitnyk-Bastian says they're accepting clothing, food, medical equipment and home comforts.
"It will land either in Poland or in Ukraine, and then they have people on the ground there, humanitarian relief organizations that they will work with directly, and get these things into the hands of Ukrainians who need them."
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