GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Kateryna Bennett, who goes by the name Kate, is the owner of New Way Refillery in Grand Junction. After waking up to news of the attacks in her home country, she decided to take matters into her own hands and donate all profits from her store for three days to Ukraine.
Kate Bennett came to the United States from Ukraine in 2017 and moved to Grand Junction three years ago. She always wanted to do something good for the planet. Pit stops are popular in big cities, but she wasn’t sure it would succeed in a place like Grand Junction, so she started her business as a mobile pit stop in June last year and the response has been overwhelming. . On November 1, she opened her window.
“I saw on the internet that there was this concept of charging,” Kate said. “When I first saw it in February 2021, it made so much sense to me. I was like, yeah, we have to bring a container to fill and not buy single-use plastic every time we buy a product, we don’t need the packaging, we need the product.
On February 24, she woke up to messages that her home country had been invaded.
“A lot of people were asking me before February 24 that it would come and if my family and friends were safe there. No one thought this would actually happen because we live in a modern, ethical and human rights-respecting world. No one believed it would happen and I didn’t believe so that’s what I told people, it’ll be fine, but it wasn’t.
All of her family and friends are still in Ukraine and she remains in contact with them.
“The majority of my family is in Kyiv. They do their best to stay safe and do what needs to be done to be safe.
Although she was in shock, she knew she needed help somehow.
“We woke up to the news of shooting and shelling and towns being destroyed. People were hiding underground, and I wanted to take action and help in some way from afar.
So she did some research and found an organization to donate to that helps pay for soldiers’ body shields and technology to help the military be more advanced. From February 25 to 27, all proceeds from her store went to this non-profit organization. She raised $2,000 and $10 in three days.
“I’m so grateful to people who come forward and give as much as they can, show their compassion, their kind words, and try to do something about it. I felt that even so far from Ukraine, we came together here and it was amazing to see. This store was packed.
Although she no longer donates all of her store’s revenue to Ukraine, she still has a donation jar in her store. All these donations will go directly to help the Ukrainian people. She says this time she wants to donate to help the civilians who are injured and the money will go directly to the people, not through an organization this time. She is personally in contact with volunteers in Ukraine and is currently researching different causes to have the best impact.
If you want to check out Kate’s refill, NewWay Refillery, or donate to Kate’s fund at her store, hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The adress is:
936 North Avenue Unit 102
Grand Junction, CO 81501
The phone number is (970) 822-7476
The website is https://newwayrefillery.com
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