Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the SouthCoast community has shown support and stepped up to make a difference -- from JoJo Carreiro's lasagna bake sale in Westport to the New Bedford Democratic Committee's efforts to raise funds.

Now, a Fall River restaurant is ready to join the rally to spread some love toward one Ukrainian family temporarily residing in Rhode Island.

Shorty's Pub on Aetna Street has organized a fundraiser on Sunday, May 22, to help a mom and two children who fled their embattled country to find safety. Unfortunately, the children's father had to stay behind to fight and defend their homeland.

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"We have sold over 75 tickets, have a ton of raffles, and are doing a 50/50 raffle that day," one of the owners, Pamela Verissimo, said. "One-hundred percent of the proceeds from these will be going to this family to help with rent, medical expenses, food and day-to-day living expenses."

As of right now, the Ukrainian family cannot work since they do not have proper visas to do so. Funds from this event will go a long way to ensure the family is comfortable for the time being.

The quaint, family-owned business has always strived to help out those who could use a helping hand, so the Verissimos are no strangers to these acts of kindness.

A full menu will be available from noon to 8 p.m. Cat & Jimmy will entertain in Shorty's outdoor patio area.

If you've been waiting for an opportune time to help a country in need, then stop by and show the Pinchuk family some love.

Reach out to Lorraine at (774) 930-6063 or Pamela at (508) 567-2900 with questions. Tickets are available for purchase at Shorty's Pub.

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