Do you hear what I hear? A song, high above the trees, with a voice as big as the sea…We are in this TOGETHER. This tagline is resounding through communities everywhere, encouraging and engaging superheroes of all sorts. It’s becoming an anthem, a beautiful rallying cry…a voice of HOPE, as big as the sea. (Hey, a little bit of ‘Christmas’ always cheers things up, right?!)
In particular, we love the innovative ways people are helping each other and the economy; which helps all of us. How many of us have asked local restaurants and businesses to support a local schools, sports teams or annual fundraisers? Or have been on the receiving end of a local business’ generosity? In our community, these are the folks that generally step up eagerly and often. These restaurants and businesses have Little League team photos and thank you cards from school events hanging up proudly for all to see. It’s a rare thing for the tables to be turned, where the businesses are the ones that could use some support. We are going through one of the most trying times of modern history. It’s heartbreaking to see hard-working people struggle at no fault of their own, on both ends of the spectrum – and everywhere in between. Even so, we still see hope.
We personally know families who have workers in “essential” positions, including a Fireman who still goes out on calls not knowing who they will be exposed too and a Physician Assistant who works in the Emergency Room. These families are use to the general risks they are exposed to everyday. However, there’s now an extra layer that adds increased risks to their families at home. This means not being able to return home for long periods, having to stay in a travel trailer or some place outside the house and/or they have to take extra precautions to remove clothing, sanitize and quarantine items and themselves at certain times. It has a physical and emotion toll on the whole family. At the end of their shift, they can no longer turn off their day and “leave it at work”. However, they proudly continue, day after day.
Despite the depressed, fearful and uncertain air in our world today, imagine a community that rallies together not only over little league or school fundraisers, but especially for the couple who just welcomed their first baby during a time of isolation, the family whose 4 yr old is battling leukemia, the grandma who is going through chemo treatments alone since she can’t risk being exposed to the virus due to her suppressed immune system, the family who lost their son to a tragic car accident, the family who is struggling with COVID-19, the family whose Dad and Mom lost their jobs and are dealing with uncertainty, or the local business who is struggling to keep their doors open and their employees paid. These are all real people, real situations that are only scratching the surface of the needs that exist. There are so many opportunities to be a light all around us, to send encouragement and hope.
“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.”Dr. Seuss
We just have to start, somewhere. What if we all pooled together, little by little, and helped our local community businesses by paying it forward to our frontline workers (eg. $5 each or whatever you can)? We could put the local restaurants to work by ordering take-out or delivery for the local frontline workers, knowing that we each contributed in our own way. What a win-win!! Restaurants get to keep their workers working, frontline workers get refueled and energized from the support and our community grows from the generosity of pulling together and getting things done; as we are supported by those frontline medical workers.
Food Tidings is use to seeing communities rally together. From our vantage point, we see the impact that generosity has every day; one that lasts a lifetime. Food Tidings schedules are being used to help individuals, groups, businesses, organizations, medical centers and countless others. Regardless of the name, we call it ”community”. We couldn’t be prouder, but we know ALL the credit goes to the “Organizers”. We are only a tool — it takes a person, an Organizer, to be the real difference maker.
We see countless ways of people saying “Thank you”. We see people stepping up and sharing. Face Book Groups have sprung up that are helping share supplies and letting people know when local stores are back in stock with some of the high demand items like baby food, baby wipes, toilet paper, eggs, milk, etc. More importantly, they are growing optimism and encouraging “community”, it’s such a beautiful thing. It just took one person to be an “Organizer”, to get it started.
While Food Tidings is used across America and world-wide, we are a local, family-owned and operated business in Northwest Phoenix, Arizona. To help local businesses in our own backyard, we are encouraging our community to support local restaurants and medical workers. For example, drop off your own take-out order or donate money gifts via a Food Tidings schedule that will be used to provide meals to local medical center workers through local restaurants.
We’ve adapted a version of our tool to allow “Purchase-only” schedules to accommodate collecting funds and meal purchases only. This enables meals on the schedule(s) to be made by restaurants rather than homemade; putting restaurants to work and giving confidence that the food handling and delivery is as safe as it can be.
Restaurants are giving their best prices and all proceeds will be going toward meals; Food Tidings won’t be making any profit on this effort. It is our joy and pleasure to enable and support communities; it’s especially endearing when it’s your own. It doesn’t take much, but it adds up quickly when we work together.
What COMMUNITY do you know that could use some support? Be the catalyst. Be the spark that ignites your community into a generosity machine. The benefits are always returned, it’s a universal principle. We are better together, no doubt.
Especially during this time, show the firefighters, policemen, medical workers or frontline workers near you that they matter. Your impact will be a life changing, history making. Go ahead, be an encouragement to others and spread hope – we would love to hear your stories. #FoodTidings #MeaningfulMeals #TidingsOfHope #Superheroes
If you need assistance or would like to customize a Food Tidings Schedule, let us know – we are happy to help! Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be the catalyst for your community!