GLOUCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A shop in Gloucester is doing what it can to help raise money for families living in Ukraine.
The Cave, a wine, cheese, and chocolate shop in West Gloucester, has been selling candles made of honey by a local beekeeper ever since it opened about a decade ago. In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, owner Laura Lee decided she wanted to do something to help the people of Ukraine, so she started donating the proceeds from the candles.
"We've been sending money through UNICEF to Ukraine for whatever they need money," Lee told WBZ's Carl Stevens. "It's added up to $700 or $800, so not a lot of money, but every dollar helps."
Lee said she wanted to do whatever she could to help people in Ukraine because of her humanity.
"I can't stand seeing people crushed," Lee said. "They're hurt physically and their souls are being crushed physically and there's no reason for it all."
The Cave gets its candles from a local beekeeping business called High Haven Honey. She said the promotion is not only helping send money to those who need it in Ukraine, but it's also helping a local business get more customers.
"He's got lots of hives all over Gloucester," Lee said. "Besides [selling us] honey and honeycomb, he's been very busy doing candles for us so we can keep this going so it's good for him too."
WBZ's Carl Stevens (@CarlWBZ) reports.