Last year our community saw great adversity, but with great adversity comes the opportunity to step outside of yourself, look around, and see what you can do to be a part of the solution. Many of our downtown businesses and organizations took that opportunity and ran with it, giving of their time and resources to help those who were struggling the most. As we come to the end of our first week Celebrating Downtown, we want to highlight some of those businesses and individuals who made a difference in 2020.
Mississippi Mutts donated bones, treats, toys, and food to the Humane Society during the lockdown. They also served as a location for sack lunch pick-ups for the homeless.
Southeast Missouri State University
The Department of Engineering and Technology donated 3D-printed face shields and other forms of PPE to area hospitals and healthcare workers.
Poppa Mojo’s served free hot meals every evening to anyone who was struggling, had lost a job, had kids to feed, or knew someone who needed help.
Mary Jane bourbon + smokehouse
Mary Jane’s asked people to nominate a nurse on the front lines, a teacher who’s continued to go above and beyond, a deserving mom or dad who’s been fighting the good fight at home, or even just as simple as someone who continues to spread happiness amongst the chaos! Those who were nominated were entered into a giveaway for 10 Random Acts of Giving in the form of $50 gift cards to their restaurant.
Morning Star Behavioral Associates
Morning Star, a clinic providing services to individuals with Autism and intellectual disabilities, continued serving their clients by doing home visits and providing iPads and free Wi-Fi for our families to access Telehealth services.
Broadway Pharmacy donated compounded hand sanitizer to non-profits and other organizations working with vulnerable populations, including donating bottles to the Cape Girardeau Senior Center for their drivers delivering Meals on Wheels, and to various assisted living communities around Southeast Missouri.
As you can see, our downtown community was quick to show kindness wherever it was needed. And we know this is not a comprehensive list, as so many did good work behind the scenes. Do you know someone to add to the list? Drop them in the comments below and thank them for their helping hands!