St. Louis is coming together to support the community as a whole. Many local businesses are working together to uplift and support healthcare workers, essential workers, and other members of the community. Though the coronavirus pandemic has created many challenges within the community, no member of that community has to face it alone. We are St. Louis Strong, and we are all in this together.
St. Louis Businesses Doing Good for the Community
Local businesses and members of the community are setting out to do a lot of good for their fellow community members. The community acknowledges that times are hard, and members are coming together to provide support and encouragement for one another. Here are a few St. Louis businesses embodying the St. Louis Strong mindset:
St. Louis native Jon Hamm provided dinner for SLU Hospital workers. As part of a telethon designed to provide support for small business owners, Jon Hamm purchased Imo's Pizza for workers at the hospital. "Thank you all so much for what you're doing, just not for every single person there but also the whole town and preventing it from spreading," Hamm said. "We all know how important it is, so thank you so much, I hope to be back home and visit you guys in person, I'll deliver some pizza in person when all of this blows over."
Local restaurants are delivering food to healthcare workers. Across the city, many restaurants are banding together to provide meals for healthcare workers as they remain on the front lines fighting the infection. These restaurants include John Mineo's Italian Restaurant, Agostino's Italian Restaurant and Bar, Il Bel Lago, Giovanni's Kitchen, Paul Manno's, Filippo's, Paul Mineo's, Benedetto's, and Sapore. Ideally, the group wants to continue to provide deliveries to healthcare workers on a weekly basis.
Schnucks stores are in turn helping local restaurants and entrepreneurs who have been greatly impacted by dine-in bans by selling their meals in their grocery stores. Customers can buy meals from several of their favorite local restaurants including Seoul Taco, Crushed Red, Hot Box Cookies, Crispy Edge and Revel Kitchen. They are looking to add more restaurants in the days ahead.
Local organizations are handing out meals to families. Urban League, for example, has handed out meals to 1,500 families across the St. Louis community.
Jim Butler Chevrolet is servicing cars by picking them up. Instead of requiring customers to come into the dealership, Jim Butler Chevrolet is picking up cars for those who need their cars serviced, and taking them to the dealership for their need. They even return them cleaned and sanitized for the customer’s safety, all in a no-contact experience.
Anheuser-Busch is making hand sanitizer. Aware of hand sanitizer shortages across the country and in St. Louis, the company has shifted its production efforts and started making hand sanitizer, providing this vital supply to assist in public health.
The local community is stepping up to salute front-line workers. At 7 pm each night, the local community is stepping up to salute those front line workers directly, making sure they know that they're appreciated and the local community is standing behind them.
Lindenwood University has donated PPE to hospitals. The much-needed donation included masks, gloves, and scrubs, all of which are needed now more than ever.
St. Louis Aquarium is offering virtual tours. Patrons may not be able to visit the aquarium in person, but they can still view many of their favorite animals in living color through the virtual tours and virtual education programs provided by the aquarium.
Boeing Aircraft is using its 3-D printing facilities to make face shields for healthcare workers. Company-wide, the goal is to produce thousands of face shields each week, providing vital protection for healthcare workers.
We're In This Together
We're all in this together--and across St. Louis, we're working to bring the community together and provide vital support to one another during this time. You can count on your television anchors and providers to be there for you, too:
Great Day St. Louis is conducting FaceTime interviews. Pre-recorded interviews work to ensure that viewers continue to have a quality experience that keeps them informed about everything going on within the community during the current pandemic. After the show, viewers can interact live with the hosts and local businesses during GDXL segments using Facebook LIVE.
Anchors are working from home. KMOV wants to ensure viewers receive the same quality coverage they've always counted on whether it be from the newsroom or from a news anchors home. Today’s technology enables the station to follow local health guidelines while continuing to provide vital information to viewers in the midst of the crisis.
During this time, the greater St. Louis community is coming together like never before. People are reaching out to help one another--and no one should feel as though they're alone right now. It's more important than ever that we stick together and take care of one another. We are St. Louis Strong, and we are standing strong. #inthistogether