East Hampton pastry chef provides update from humanitarian efforts in Ukraine

Kristofer Kalas a private chef who owns Hello left Long Island to volunteer to help Ukrainians escape the Russian invasion.

News 12 Staff

Mar 27, 2022, 10:11 PM

Updated 837 days ago

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A Long Island chef has traveled to Ukraine to provide humanitarian aide for those in need.
Kristofer Kalas is a private chef who owns Hello Oma a coffee shop and eatery in East Hampton.
Earlier this month, Kalas left Long Island to volunteer to help Ukrainians escape the Russian invasion.
So far, Kalas has helped transport more than 200 Ukrainians and their belongings to safer areas of the country. He also trains the Ukrainians in basic first aid.
Kalas told News 12 he helped his wife Galla, who was born in Ukraine, and their 7-month-old daughter Mikayla get back to the U.S.

He says he'll remain in central Ukraine and fight to ensure that there is a Ukraine for his wife and daughter to return to one day. He says he plans to stay to help rebuild the country after the fighting stops.




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