San Antonio community shows support for cheesecake shop donating profits to Ukraine

All of the shop’s profits from Friday-Sunday will be donated

SAN ANTONIO – If you’re looking for a way to support the people of Ukraine this weekend, you can do so by purchasing some cheesecake or a coffee at this San Antonio dessert shop.

On Saturday, the line was out the door and around the corner at Laika Cheesecake and Espresso, located at 4718 Broadway, as many gathered to show their support for the shop and for the Ukraine.

Laika is open until 10 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The Ukrainian-owned shop shared on social media Thursday that amid the Russian attack on Ukraine, all of its sales this weekend, including Friday, will go toward helping the Ukrainian army. You can learn more about the shop’s offerings here.

“Many innocent lives are being affected- including personal friends and family. This donation will go to help secure not only our friends and family but an entire peaceful country being confronted with needless violence,” the shop said on social media.

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The City of San Antonio has also showed its support for Ukraine by lighting City Hall in blue and yellow overnight Friday.

“Our hearts break for our Ukrainian residents as they watch these horrors unfold. Their families are in our prayers, and we are all hoping for a swift, diplomatic end,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg on Twitter.

More Russian forces were seen moving into Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Ukrainian residents are also being warned of street fights breaking out, urging them to stay safe by remaining indoors and taking cover.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was asked to evacuate the capital Friday night; however, he turned down the offer, saying “I need ammunition, not a ride,” the AP reports.

U.S. officials are estimating more than 50% of Russian combat power has entered Ukraine as of yet.

Read more about the Ukraine-Russia crisis on KSAT’s world news section.

About the Author:

Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.