We Have an Amazing Community (tough times bring out the best of us)
by Brian Coll
We’re less than a week into this thing (Coronavirus lockdown) and I have to tell you about an amazing group of people and businesses. The tough part is, no one wants any credit.
With school shut down, we had a few hundred kids in our school district a little hungry or at least they would have been – without an amazing group of people. A number of people came together, figured out a plan and went with it. The plan was to feed these kids as long as we had to. When I tell you, every restaurant in the community came together or was willing to help out, I am not exaggerating. When this thing is over, please run to your favorite place and have a few dinners out. Right now, consider placing a take out order, buy a six pack of beer, order a gift card online. A number of places are delivering. These places all stepped up for the kids of our community.
I won’t name names, but I will tell you, some of these owners, while trying to figure out how to pay employees, decide to remain open in some capacity, maybe even close for an extended period of time, figure out what to do in this time of uncertain circumstances, every single one… said just about the same thing…. listen, I’m not sure how long we’re going to be open, but if the kids in the community need to be fed we’ll open up the kitchen and take care of it. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Not one restaurant owner told us no. I can’t tell you what that means. So please, please support our community restaurants. They were all here for us when we needed it. These are the same places that sponsor little league, youth football, soapbox derby cars…. please support them.
Beyond restaurants.. people, so many people came together. People helped make peanut butter and jellies… people are delivering right now in fact, people have offered to help tomorrow and Friday. It is amazing. The kindness in everyones heart. We have had over 300 boxes from Amazon show up to help the community. These boxes had food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, jelly, tuna, baby supplies…. you name it, it was there. These supplies have been going out into the community, through the delivery drivers or at the Colonial Neighborhood Council.
We have an amazing church community. We have an amazing restaurant community. We have an amazing group of people in this community.
Keeping with the theme of not naming names, the Colonial School District has some real people, people who get it. Working in many different capacities.
Thank you to everyone who has helped out, offered to help out. If you can support the neighborhood places right now go for it. Order take out or delivery, support those who support the community.