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News - March 11, 2022

Around Town

SHIRTS FOR A CAUSE ... Much like the Arlo Guthrie song that bears its name, the Woodside institution Alice's Restaurant is staunchly anti-war. When Russian soldiers invaded Ukraine in late February, restaurant co-owner Andy Kerr felt compelled to do something to help the people fleeing the besieged Eastern European nation. "We have a lot of Ukrainian customers, as well as a lot of companies that employ Ukrainian tech workers," Kerr said. "Some are small companies with about 10 employees, others have 200." Kerr spoke to one engineer about a possible fundraiser to support Ukraine and the growing number of refugees fleeing their country, a number that now exceeds 2 million, according to the United Nations. "We wanted to do something that will either help the people who are fleeing by providing them with food and clothing, or that will help Ukraine," said Kerr, who co-owns the restaurant with his brother, Jamie. They decided to start selling T-shirts, which will feature the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag and the words "I Stand with Ukraine" as well as the restaurant's logo. The restaurant ordered an initial run of 144 shirts, which were expected to be available on Friday, March 11, and which will sell for $25, with all proceeds going to assist people in Ukraine. Customers also will have the option of donating additional money to support relief organizations in the European country, which will be selected by the restaurant's Ukrainian partners. Kerr said the goal is to sell 1,000 T-shirts and to help spread awareness in the community about the ongoing war.

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