Door County Candle Company Donations Approaching $700,000

News of the war may have fallen to the bottom of national newscasts since the day Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, but that’s not the case for a small candle company in Carlsville, which remains on the front lines of raising money for the people of war-torn Ukraine.

Christiana and Nic Trapani made their fifth donation this week – this one for $200,000 – to the Ukrainian 501(c)3 organization called Razom for Ukraine, or “togetherness” in English. That brings them to having donated, in total, $700,000 to the nonprofit since their effort began after Russia’s invasion. 

The Trapanis have raised the money by donating 100% of the profits from sales of their blue-and-yellow, vanilla-scented Ukraine candle. To date, they’ve sold 36,000 candles to people across the country and around the world, and they continue to work on filling the 7,000 orders that still remain as of this writing. 

Christiana and Nic Trapani, owners of Door County Candle Company in Carlsville, have donated $700,000 during the past five months to a Ukrainian nonprofit through the sale of their Ukraine candles. File photo by D.A. Fitzgerald.

Christiana is a second-generation American Ukrainian who was raised in Door County. When the war broke out, she and her husband, Nic, decided to put their company into service to raise money to help her Ukrainian relatives. They and an ever-changing army of volunteers, along with loyal family members and employees, have remained true to that mission for nearly five months now.

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