In a time when social distancing has become a new normal and our daily lives continue to be impacted by the coronavirus, we all find ourselves in an unprecedented situation.
At Community Journals, we have always stressed the importance of supporting local businesses. We implore our readers now, more than ever, to shop and support local businesses.
Every dollar counts in this time of crisis. With many small businesses running very tight margins, every one has a role to play. With a city-wide proclamation banning all restaurants, bars and breweries from serving food and drinks for consumption on-site, consider purchasing a gift card or opting for delivery, drive-thru and to-go options. Service providers may still be open for business.
Community support is also important. Whether it’s helping elderly neighbors by going to the grocery store for them or assisting a single parent with childcare during school closures, we urge each and every one of you to step up.
We’re already seeing many examples of the community rallying together on social media. Former teachers are reaching out to provide their expertise to parents who are helping their children with e-learning. Others are donating essential supplies (yes, like toilet paper) to those who need it. Area restaurants are donating food to shelters and offering free lunches to children who would normally get a free school lunch.
It’s this community, this neighbor-helping-neighbor spirit, that truly makes us #yeahTHATgreenville.
At Community Journals, we stand by and with our community. Our motto is to connect, inform and inspire. As we all forge along with some uncertainties, we’re in this together.
We’d like to take a minute to thank all the doctors, nurses, hospital staff, police officers, first responders and the many others who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe.
In the coming weeks we will be evaluating our print and distribution options as the situation evolves. You may see some temporary changes, but you can be assured that we will be here to provide you the latest information. Be sure to read our most up-to-date coverage online at www.greenvillejournal.com.
We have also set up a page on our website specifically for news related to coronavirus: greenvillejournal.com/coronavirus.
Keep safe, Greenville, support our local businesses and we’ll come out of this stronger than ever as a community united.
Mark B. Johnston
Publisher, Community Journals