Four Lorain County Main Street organizations have collaborated to secure grants and donations to supply almost 400 “Come Back Kits” to local small businesses as they continue to take steps every day to meet the challenges posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The “Come Back Kits” feature essential items, including PPE, cleaning supplies, disinfecting wipes, and gloves for the businesses to help operate in a safe fashion for their employees and guests, according to a news release.
“2020 has shown us how to think about each other more, whether it be another community, or how can I help my neighbor,” Chris Coco, vice president of Main Street Lorain committee said in the release. “The small business owners need all the support they can to stay open and provide the goods and services to the community and in return we all need to help support them during these unique times.”
Main Street Amherst, Main Street Lorain, Main Street Wellington and Oberlin Business Partnership enlisted financial support from Community Foundation of Lorain County, Lakeland Community Foundation, Nordson Corporation Foundation, The Nord Family Foundation and a few unnamed donors, too, the release stated. “It was great to be able to stop in, hand out some ‘Come Back Kits’ to downtown Lorain business, everyone was so thankful,” Coco said. “A little kindness can change the spirit of a small business owner’s day.”