[Photos yesterday by Stacie Joy]
Ali and Amina Fardos, who own East Village Organic on First Avenue between Seventh Street and St. Mark's Place, have family members living in Lebanon. On Tuesday, a devastating explosion rocked Beirut, killing more than 160 people and injuring 6,000 while destroying large sections of the city.
In response to the crisis, the market posted this message on Instagram yesterday:
Our hearts have been so warmed by the outpouring of concern for the EVO extended family from customers over the last few days.
For anyone who didn’t know to ask, or was afraid to pry, all of Ali and Amina’s family members in Lebanon are safe and well. We have been very blessed.
But so many others can not say the same. And our hearts have been heavy as we watch the country suffer the after effects of one the largest non-nuclear blasts in history.
If anyone wants to help and is able to give during this time, we have made a donation to @beitelbaraka.
Beit el Baraka has operated a free grocery store since 2019 to help the underserved communities within Beirut, Lebanon and since the blast, they are expanding their efforts to include other services for the people who need it.
We love their message and their mission and we feel confident any funds given to them will benefit the people directly.