Jan 24, 2024 - News

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ Local aide in Ukraine

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Manolo Betancur in front of bakery Π₯Π°Ρ‚ΠΈΠ½ΠΊΠ° ΠŸΠ΅ΠΊΠ°Ρ€Ρ near Kyiv. Thanks to donations from Charlotteans, the bakery was able to build two new ovens. Photo: Courtesy of Manolo Betancur

Charlotte baker Manolo Betancur will return to Ukraine to help people affected by Russia's invasion, which began nearly two years ago.

Context: Betancur owns Manolo's Bakery in east Charlotte.

  • He's traveled to Eastern Europe twice before β€” first, to help feed Ukrainian refugees in Poland; six months later, he went to Ukraine to help rebuild a bakery that Russian soldiers had invaded.
  • With the help of funds raised by Charlotteans, he collected and donated $18,000 between both trips. That helped pay to build two ovens for the aforementioned bakery and a van for bread delivery.

Why it matters: This time, Betancur will be partnering with an organization based out of Ukraine that helps widows and orphans who've lost their loved ones during the war.

What's next: Betancur will depart for Ukraine on Feb. 18. He'll be there through Feb. 25 β€” nearly two years to the date from when the invasion began.

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