Neighbors Helping Neighbors
We are already hearing many stories of creative and collaborative things that people are doing to help each other in this extraordinary time. We want to share this good stuff with you -- stay tuned for more to come on this page.
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Local Businesses Supporting the Community
Kanna CBD - Mindy Coats and Sam Bruton, the co-founders of KANNA CBD, a natural wellness company, have made generous product donations this week to the Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and Brightmore Retirement Community.
They connected with 14-year-old Maia Fulk from South Charlotte who took it upon herself to organize donation gift bags for all the residents of Brightmore Retirement Community. A theatre student, Maia was looking for a way that she could give back to the community and keep herself busy since she couldn’t participate in rehearsals.
Mindy also organized a donation of gift bags to the hardworking healthcare workers at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center with self-care packages that included a few of her best CBD products that help with focus, calming anxiety and pain relief. She also included some edible CBD treats for pets who suffer from anxiety.
Kanna is also running an open nomination right now for other people to support essential workers, and will be gifting an additional 20 gift bags to the winners. Check out the form here.
1501 S. Mint Street - Co-Owner Lezlie says that their business simply wants to "just spread the love." They are giving away free meals 6 days a week (cookouts on Saturday & brunch on Sunday!) to anyone who may need them. "We are in this together and it is uncomfortable for everyone. We don't ask for any explanation." she says.
If you can donate, that's wonderful and it will go to buying groceries that will help continue the service. They have recently set up a GoFundMe to help compensate their staff, too.
Many corporations and individuals are making donations to the local COVID-19 Response Fund at HelpCharMeck.org. Applications are open for COVID-10 Nonprofit Grants from this fund, administered by United Way of the Central Carolinas and the Foundation for the Carolinas.
The Charlotte Community Tool Bank is providing tables, chairs, tents and other equipment free of charge to organizations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. If your business or organization is provoiding food or setting up health services and has a need to borrow equipment, call 704-469-5880. Inventory listing here.
Free Cart Ride is offering free delivery of food from certain South End restaurants and breweries, sponsored by Atrium Health.
Get Fit Foods (all locations): Drop off non-perishable items and/or send monetary donations via Venmo (jbenton74) Cashapp ($esqx3) or PayPal (PayPal.me/shamyraparkerwinston). In need of volunteers to distribute food. For more information visit @getfitfoodsclt or @fuzionforce on Instagram.
Girl Tribe - Small Business Sponsorship T-shirt and sweatshirt sales. $10 of the sale of every shirt and sweatshirt (check them out here) will go towards readily available funds for small business friends. More information on their site. Also, go shop online – there’s free shipping!
Kenna Kunijo - Looking forward, Kenna Kunijo is having to get creative in order to find other streams of income. The stylists have set up individual Venmo accounts where future clients can “Tip Ahead” for their services, while the salon has its own separate account where people can donate too. The response from their clientele has been amazing, and as of last week they have raised around $2000. All of this money will go to paying their staff members.
On the innovative side, Kenna Kunijo has filmed various at-home tutorials, and even launched an “at-home toner” and “new growth kit” for their clients! The salon mixes the materials in pre-made bottles and provides a private YouTube link to share after purchase. They have also partnered with SkillPop Anywhere for an at-home “Curling and Beach Waves Basics” class.
Christopher Sottile, of The Loyalist Market has arranged a GoFundMe to help serve local children lunch from a network of restaurants while schools are closed. As of March 19, 16 restaurants and businesses are participating, and they are serving 700 kids per day. A few of our South End neighbors are among the participants. Stay tuned for updates.
Support Local or Else created by Corri Smith and Garrett Tichy is actively collecting businesses who are feeling the extreme impacts with ways you can help. Submit your business and shop their deals over on their site.
ROOTS Cafe has launched their Feeding Charlotte Campaign. How does it work? You buy a gift card from Roots and name the recipient as Feeding Charlotte. We will then use every cent of that gift card to purchase and produce food for those in need. By donating to this program you will also be supporting our local farmers as Roots will be sourcing as much produce as we can through our surrounding farms. Learn more about this program here. Donate here.