Ukrainian Support

By Richard Mineards   |   April 5, 2022
Pilgrim School students Clio and Lyra Spiegel help out for Ukraine

Carpinteria dynamic duo Ashton Kutcher, 44, and Mila Kunis, 38, who have raised around $35 million for Ukrainian refugees, were lauded for their efforts by the country’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in a video call. Zelenskyy, 44, thanked Kunis, who was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, and Kutcher for launching a GoFundMe campaign to help transport supplies to refugees across Europe, with Airbnb providing free, short-term housing. The president said he was “very grateful” for their support and “impressed by their determination.”

The Hollywood twosome aren’t the only Carpinteria residents doing their bit. Clio, 13, and Lyra, 9, Spiegel, the granddaughters of Court of Appeals justice Frances Rothschild, who have been selling their jewelry – bracelets and earrings – made from semi-precious stones at the Laughing Buddha Thrift Shop, have now been donating all the profits to the war-torn nation, raising more than $1,050 in just three days. “Since June of last year, they’ve given away more than $5,000 to charity and have now decided to help the refugees in Ukraine,” says Rothschild. “As their grandmother I couldn’t be prouder!”


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