We may physically be indoors but our hearts are out in full force.
Recall, if you can, September 12, 2001. A heaviness hung over each American in the aftermath of the worst terrorist attack in our nation's history, yet it brought us closer together in ways no one could have expected. We had the rug pulled out from underneath us in just a matter of hours yet it made us care more about the people around us. What was sent out to bring our country to its knees ending up doing the exact opposite.
Just a few months ago, businesses across the country had to either make mass layoffs or close in the wake of COVID-19 and with that went livelihoods and our versions of "normal". When 2020 first began, full of promise and all things new, "social distancing" wasn't even a part of our lexicon. But like The Great Depression, World War II, and other unsteady times in our country's history, we managed to get through it.
To assist in alleviating the blow on behalf of restaurant workers, Americans stepped up for those who work hard sunrise to sunset to feed us throughout the day. GoFundMe pages donations grew, food has been shared, and curbside pickup and delivery orders have become the new restaurant experience.
Image courtesy Smokin' Dave's BBQ - Centennial
For example, restaurant owner Jason McGovern at CRUSH Pizza + Tap continues to donate pizza for every gift card purchased and a GoFundMe has been set up to assist Denver's restaurant employees. To help feed those who are working diligently to heal the sick, a GoFundMe has been set up by Prim Communications that supports independently-owned local restaurants who deliver food to medical teams. There are also restaurants like Max Market that are offering a free breakfast every Saturday and Sunday for hospitality workers. Even amid a global health crisis, there is no shortage of kindness and generosity.
That being said, continue to order delivery or takeout when you can, donate if the spirit moves you, and don't forget to be kind.