SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – As the war in Ukraine goes on, some may feel helpless, but Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen is doing what they do best to help aid Ukraine, sell cookies. The store is selling blue and yellow cookies and all of the earnings are going to Ukraine, and the local effort to help Ukraine is not going unnoticed by one Ukrainian woman.
Irina Dobyuk is a Ukrainian woman who lives in the Syracuse area and works for the Ukrainian Federal Credit Union. She said the local efforts like Cathy’s ‘Cookies for Ukraine’ and overall support for Ukraine has been heartwarming.
“We are very appreciative that the community in Syracuse is supportive of Ukraine,” Dobyuk said. “They are very knowledgeable, ask a lot of questions, and support us too both morally, emotionally, and financially.”
Dobyuk expressed her appreciation for the money, food, and personal items that have been sent to Ukraine from the local community. One particular local effort has the Syracuse community helping Ukraine by eating cookies.
Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen in Armory Square sells their blue and yellow cookies for four dollars, and all of the proceeds go to the World Central Kitchen. The World Central Kitchen is a nonprofit that puts kitchens in areas of crisis and serves food for the people in those areas. Cathy Pemberton, owner of Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen, said she chose the World Central Kitchen because food is her life.
“Since I’m in the food business, it’s just really close to my heart. So that’s why we donated, that’s why I donated all of the money to them,” Pemberton said.
Pemberton said that they raised over 500 dollars in the month of March and have no plans on slowing down.
“I hope to at least do the 500 again, if not more,” Pemberton said.
‘Cookie’s for Ukraine’ will continue throughout the month of April, and local Ukrainian Irina Dobyuk loves that the community is supporting Ukraine, even if it is just by eating cookies.