Long Island Spirits donates portion of bottle earnings to Ukrainian refugees

Long Island Spirits in Baiting Hollow uses locally grown corn, potatoes, and rye to make its different spirits.

News 12 Staff

Mar 31, 2022, 2:34 AM

Updated 745 days ago

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A Long Island vodka company is using its brand to raise money for those affected by the war in Ukraine
Long Island Spirits in Baiting Hollow uses locally grown corn, potatoes and rye to make its different spirits.
The company recently changed the outside of the bottle to the colors of Ukraine.
"We were saddened by all the images we're seeing every day and we were trying to figure out how we could help," says Rich Stabile, founder and owner of Long Island Spirts. "So, we decided to use our vodka because people are pulling away from the Russian vodka anyway and wanting to buy American. So, in honor of the Ukrainian flag, we'll redo our LIV standard edition."
He says a portion of each bottle sold will go to a mission that is feeding Ukrainians who are fleeing their country.
Stabile says an organization called Mercy Chefs, who are people involved in the food and beverage industry. He says they have set up a warehouse on the border of Poland and Ukraine and getting food to the refugees and into the war-torn country.
"Just this morning, I spoke with a pastor and said, 'What do the people of Ukraine need,'" Stabile says. "He paused and looked at me deeply and said, 'I'm not asking for gold. I'm asking for food for the children, for the elderly, for the people who are surviving in their basements and avoiding the bombardment.'"
Stabile says his goal is to raise $10,000 for the group by July 4.
"The country has been divided for so long, it's just so nice to see people pulling together for one cause," Stabile says. "So, we want to try to support and help these people."


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