During these crazy times many, if not most, businesses have come to a grinding halt. From our favorite local restaurants to the shops we frequent on a regular basis, all of these places that count on people to walk through their doors to keep their business going have had to close down or drastically change the way they operate.
It is more important than ever to do what we can to help small businesses stay afloat. After all, it’s the people that make these places so special and they need our help now more than ever. As patrons, there are so many ways we can continue to support as many of them as possible to ensure that they will be able to open their doors once again.
We can actually do this without ever leaving our homes. Many businesses are internet based and are still shipping products to their customers. Let’s continue to place orders and support them as best we can.
Additionally, local businesses have made accommodations and adjustments to be able to take orders and deliver meals and other necessities. Help them by ordering take-out or delivery from your favorite restaurants and local establishments (and don’t forget to tip a few extra dollars)!
Purchasing gift cards to local businesses is another great way to support them during this time when you can’t physically go there. It provides them with much needed cash on hand to keep them going. The gift cards will be a welcomed treat for you when things get back to normal. Even better, how about donating the gift cards to families and individuals in need?
Here at Protein Power Ball, we’ve started a “Giveback + Giveaway” effort to support many local restaurants. So far we’ve been focusing on local restaurants in Albany, NY and Boston, MA. Each week a different restaurant is selected where we make a donation to them and also purchase a $100 gift card. We feature the restaurant on social media to drive awareness through the community and highlight ways everyone can support them (ex. ordering takeout, donating to a virtual tip jar, etc). Anyone who comments on these posts then in turn has a chance to win some Protein Power Ball! Check out our Instagram (@proteinpowerball) to learn more and participate in the Giveback + Giveaways!
Most importantly, let's not forget to thank, acknowledge or donate supplies to our healthcare professionals who are working tirelessly all hours of the day and night to take care of their patients. The first responders, grocery store clerks, gas attendants, mail carriers, garbage collectors etc. who continue to keep our communities going while putting themselves at risk, are deserving of our gratitude as well. Anything we can do to help them goes a long way.
The bottom line is that we should all support each other in as many ways as possible to make sure we come through this stronger than ever. Let’s get creative and remember that even small contributions make a big impact right now!