As the new mandates from Governor Kate Brown came out yesterday, I was reminded of how we are all in this together. Whether you believe that all of this Cornonavirus (COVID 19) response is an overreaction, or if you believe it is an appropriate response - it IS happening and it impacting every one of our lives.
The communities that get through this with grace and strength will be those that come together to help each other, and those that have compassion for each other.
We are each impacted differently. Some of us have been without a job for months, some of us are at risk of losing businesses we've spent decades building & nurturing. Some of us still have work and a paycheck coming in. Some of us have lost a loved one, some of us have been sick. Our situations are not the same. However, when I say, "we're in this together" I refer to the fact that we all need each other to get through this. We need to shop local, we need to spend our money where our heart is - in our community. We need to offer a helping hand, we need to give what we can give.
Let us reach out with our hearts, with our compassion, with our support. For, in ways that we can hardly deny now, we are connected (in ways that are terrifying and beautiful).
Let's get through this together.
Downtown is local Bend families
Businesses in Downtown Bend are owned by local Bend families that employ local Bendites. Downtown Bend boasts over 400 businesses and over 4,000 employees. We ARE Bend.
When you choose to spend your money in Downtown Bend - you are supporting your neighbor, your community member, - a person who loves the same trails and slopes as you do.
Below are just a few photos of our local families that own businesses in Downtown Bend.
Now is the time
Now, more than ever, is the time to shop local. You might just be the one who saves someone's dream - who helps a business survive this pandemic. You have the power to make a difference with every dollar you spend.
Click here to read a short blog from Downtown Bend's Executive Director about why she chooses to shop local & share with us why you choose to shop local with the hashtag #supportlocalbend.