Local Lebanese Restaurant Donating 50% of Sales to Beirut Explosion Victims


UTICA, NY (WUTR-TV) — One local restaurant is stepping in to help those who’ve been affected by the massive explosion that struck a port in Lebanon’s capital of Beirut on Tuesday.

On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Zeina’s Café in Utica will donate half of its sales to the Lebanese Red Cross, an organization providing aid to victims of the Beirut explosion. Owners Albert and Layla Zeina are Lebanese immigrants with family who live in Lebanon and work in Beirut and they were personally affected by the explosion.

“We have family there, family, friends, and one of our family members died… he couldn’t get to the hospital and so he lost all his blood. In this area here, it’s the most wonderful area they help with everything and I am sure we’re going to come forward with the money and send it to them so we can help right now,” says Albert Zeina.

Anyone who would like to support the victims can do so in two ways. one- go to Zeina’s Café tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Two, directly donate to a credible organization that provides aid and support in Lebanon.

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