Costa Mesa‘s community of large and small businesses are trying to make a difference to their fellow residents. Together, they have donated thousands of pounds of food, helped feed families that have been laid off or furloughed during this health crisis and are raising funds to support and give back to frontline workers in healthcare and law enforcement while getting through the COVID-19 crisis together. With many businesses having to shutter during this time, others are doing whatever they can to stay in business, raise funds and help each other. Following are a few Costa Mesa stories of businesses giving back, and locals helping locals.
Small businesses and restaurants get creative with ways to keep business going and give back to the community
· After opening their doors for the first time in Orange County on March 17, Café Sevilla closed temporarily the next day to get through the Coronavirus crisis, and in the meantime help give back to the community. They donated more than 2,000 pounds of food to local non-profit food banks, including Someone Cares Soup Kitchen and Share Our Selves in Costa Mesa. This week they made paella for their employees and their families.
The community rallies around its own during these incredible times
· Bertha Ramirez, a retired Costa Mesa resident, is helping her family salon earn a bit of money during this time by sewing cloth masks for locals in need.
· A Costa Mesa Smart ‘n Final employee assisted a local resident with shopping and delivery of essential groceries when she was unable to leave the house on her own and couldn’t find another store to deliver groceries for her.