Central Valley natives and businesses fundraise for Armenia

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- At Kuppa Joy Coffeehouse in northeast Fresno, Armenian coffee is brewing, and it's a part of a fundraiser to help those in Armenia.

Right now, deadly conflict is happening between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Hundreds, including civilians, have been killed and wounded in attacks.

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"In talking with my friends and family in Armenia, they've said it's a David versus Goliath type of matchup," said Zack Follett, owner of Kuppa Joy Coffeehouse.

Follett said the conflict is deeply personal to him, which is why he wanted to get involved through prayer and his business.

"We created this blend, bakers chocolate, brown sugar, strong as a bull because that's what my grandmother would always say. As an Armenian race we're strong as a bull from all the things we've been persecuted and persevered from," Follett said.

The Armenian coffee will go on sale Saturday at all locations and online.

Two Valley natives and sisters, now living in Los Angeles, have launched a jewelry line.

"It is the Armenian flag. The flag means more than just the flag to us. It's a symbol of peace, unity and strength," said Pateel Mekhitarian.

Knar Antaramian and Pateel Mekhitarian are behind the line Armeni.

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"During our studies at Fresno State, we were fortunate enough to travel to Artsakh and Armenia, which left a lasting impression in our hearts. So we think of Armenia every morning when we wake up and every night when we go to bed, so this really holds a true place in our hearts," said Mekhitarian.

They've gotten orders from across the Central Valley and as far away as Wisconsin and Canada.

So far, they have donated $4,000 to the Armenia Fund.

Midas Touch Hair salon in Fresno County will be donating 25% of its proceeds during a one-week period starting October 17.
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