ST. LOUIS — As a war unfolds in Ukraine, St. Louis is stepping in to lend a helping hand.
Several area businesses and groups are raising money, donating profits or organizing events in support of Ukraine. Here's a breakdown of who's taking part and how you can get involved.
The Kirkwood coffee shop is donating proceeds from its Love Your Neighbor Latte for the next three months. Teleo Coffee picks a new charity every quarter and donates proceeds from the latte’s sales.
Through June, buy the Love Your Neighbor Latte and 10% of the profits will be given to Lifesong, a charity that specializes in helping orphans from Ukraine.
Series Six giveback shirts
The St. Louis apparel company frequently designs “giveback shirts” – typically featuring St. Louis restaurants or businesses, with the proceeds from shirt sales going to the respective business. But the latest creation is supporting Ukraine.
“Our flag, their colors,” Series Six wrote on social media, featuring a new shirt that combines the St. Louis city flag with the colors of Ukraine. Series Six will donate 100% of the proceeds from shirt sales to World Central Kitchen, which is on the Ukraine border feeding refugees who are fleeing the war.
“Thank you for continuing to support our giveback shirts – first in STL and now extending across the globe!”
STL Style House yard signs
The St. Louis apparel shop has created “St. Louis for Ukraine” yard signs that combine the colors of Ukraine’s flag with the City of St. Louis flag design.
“When peace and humanity are threatened, St. Louis stands up,” STL Style House wrote on its website.
The signs are double-sided and cost $18. The metal stakes cost an additional $1.50. Proceeds benefit the International Rescue Committee’s Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund.
'We stand with Ukraine' yard signs
Fastsigns of Bridgeton has created signs that can be placed in yards and grassy areas to show support for the people of Ukraine.
The double-sided signs are 18 inches by 24 inches with a wire stake. They cost $10, with $3 from each sign being donated to the International Institute of St. Louis, which "provides opportunities for immigrants and refugees to thrive in order to create a welcoming, prosperous, and healthy region for all," according to the organization's website.
Signs can be ordered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 314-429-8854. They can be picked up at 3783 Rider Trail South in Earth City, Missouri.
The Avenue restaurant in Clayton, located at 12 N. Meramec Ave., is raising money by selling sunflowers – the official flower of Ukraine. The restaurant is asking for a suggested donation of $20 for a sunflower.
The money raised will be donated to UNICEF to help the children of Ukraine.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.
The St. Louis brewery is switching up the name of one of its beers and sending support to Ukraine.
Urban Chestnut shared a photo of its menu on Instagram, showing Thrale's Russian Imperial Stout beer with "Russian" crossed out and "War Relief" typed in above it.
"When you purchase a pour of Thrale's 'War Relief' Imperial Stout, UCBC will donate $1 to the Ukrainian War Relief efforts of the Red Cross of Ukraine," the brewery wrote.
The beer is available at both the Grove Bierhall and Midtown Biergarten.
A nonprofit raising awareness for industrial accidents was working around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. St. Louisans have volunteered to support their efforts.
More ways to help
If you'd like to help the people of Ukraine, there are several relief efforts underway. Read the full list of verified fundraisers here.
Also, the International Institute of St. Louis shared a list of more than 20 emergency aid organizations that are providing assistance overseas. See the full list here.
The Consulate of Poland in St. Louis also provided the list below of organizations that are helping Ukrainian refugees in Poland: