With the COVID-19 pandemic creating chaos across the world, there has been an incredible change in our day-to-day lives, with many vulnerable people sick, needing to stay isolated or helping others that are.
Many people who work in the front lines fighting this invisible foe work tirelessly, and are also in fear of catching this virus and spreading it to others. They work in healthcare, providing essential goods and services, keeping our infrastructure running and in so many other facets of our communities.
A number of local businesses are stepping up to help, with many modifying their product offerings or doing something completely different from what their normal product or service is. Some have made exceptional offerings, be that in supplies or services.
Let's not forget their contributions, both during and following this crisis. Links are provided for you to give them a boost on their facebook page or on their website. Even better, support their business now, and after this crisis is over!
All or Nothing Brewhouse
This Oshawa microbrewery, located at 439 Ritson Road South, is billed as Durham's largest craft brewery.
They have changed from brewing beer to producing hand sanitizer for local health providers, including hospitals, as well as emergency services and utility companies.
This Clarington manufacturer of sunrooms, screen rooms, patio covers, porch enclosures and more is located in Newcastle. They also have a plant in Lindsay.
They recently started manufacturing shields to protect front-line retail and service workers from COVID-19 transmission.
Hardy John's Bar and Grill
This Oshawa restaurant donated meals to the overworked staff at Lakeridge Health Oshawa.
50 Taunton Rd. E., Oshawa
Owasco RV Centre
This dealer of recreational vehicles, located at 570 Rundle Road in Clarington, is closed to the public during the coronavirus crisis. That didn't stop them from offering up to 70 RVs and trailers to Lakeridge Heath hospital doctors and nurses to stay in if they are unable to go home due to exposure.
Dominos Pizza - King St W and Oshawa North
These two Domino's Pizza locations donated 80 pizzas in two days to Lakeridge Health Oshawa's Emergency Department.
10West Commercial Graphics
This sign and graphics company, located at 799 Farewell Street in Oshawa, has begun re-tooling for production of PPE shields for front line medical workers.
Brock St. Brewing Company
One of Durham's first and most successful microbreweries, Brock St. Brewing Company has added producing hand sanitizer to its production line in order to support emergency services, health authorities and others.
If you know of another local business that deserves a shout-out, please let me know. Leave a comment or send me a message. And please, don't forget to thank these people, whether they own or work at these great community businesses. And don't forget to patronize them, too!