The T-Shirt Heroes
To help local businesses and show a little local support, 5 Pound Apparel created “Support SGF” T-shirts (complete with the new proposed Springfield flag at the center) that are available for purchase. When you buy a shirt, 5 Pound donates $15 to the local business that you choose, meaning you can get a new shirt and show love to your favorite biz all at once. Local business Illumine Collect is doing something similar, with a focus on helping our local breweries. Their Local Strong shirts were designed by Fried Design Co. Forty percent from each shirt purchase is donated to the Springfield Craft Beer Collective to help employees at the breweries.
Chalk Cheer-Ups and Bear Hunts
Several local neighborhoods (and individuals!) have taken to the sidewalks armed with chalk that they use to draw pictures and share inspirational messages to neighbors as they pass during walks. We’ve passed sweet messages on the roads in Rountree, Emerald Park and many more places. In fact, the organized Chalk Walk is one of several “events” Emerald Park has planned to help people connect when they can’t really get together because of social distancing. Another was a bear hunt, in which neighbors put stuffed bears in their front windows, so families can look for them as they walk around. The friendly, bear-y scavenger hunt is going on in other local neighborhoods as well, including Olde Ivy.
A Little Lunch Help
In Republic, Invictus Salon, The Black Lab Coffee Company, Republic Elementary and Middle School PTOs and other locals teamed up to pool their money and pay off the $2,700 worth of lunch debt for every kid in the Republic School District so families won’t have to sweat that bill during an uncertain time.