Portland Area Businesses Step Up to Help During Tough Times
This is a difficult time for all kinds of small businesses and while some can remain open, serve takeout and keep their employees, others aren’t as lucky. That’s why it’s so heartwarming to see businesses seeing a need in their community and stepping up to help their neighbors.
To say “thank you” for the tireless work of healthcare providers in Oregon, Raptor Ridge Winery donated bottles of wine to staff at four hospitals. The owners even started a “Wines for the Front Lines” movement that grew to 145 wineries donating.
Karver Sandwich Bar also thanked healthcare workers by donating dozens of sandwhiches to local hospitals several times in recent weeks.
Rose City Distilling, which has been producing spirits since 2004, pivoted to help first responders. They started making hand sanitizer and donated more than 5,000 pints to area fire and police departments as well as the public transportation service.
The 649 Taphouse is keeping its staff working and helping the community with a “pay what you can” soup kitchen. Anyone who needs a meal can chose from four types of soup each day.
In mid-March Lionheart Coffee realized some families may need a little extra help getting meals. They started bagging lunches for anyone who needs them and have continued to give away hundreds of lunches since.
Many businesses in our area have done similar work to thank and help frontline workers, community members and other businesses. You can support these businesses by ordering food to go, buying gift cards to spend during your next visit or shopping online.
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