By: Laura Steiner
Milton businesses have started reaching out to each other as they battle COVID-19. Some have offered deals to help other businesses, while others are combining business with charitable efforts.
Scott Perks owns Dirt B Gone Home & Office Services. “We want others to succeed and come out on the other side of this on a positive as much or more than ourselves,” he said. He’s offering his services to other local businesses at a lower cost on a case-by-case basis. “We can’t provide a service to anyone tomorrow or next year if there is no income to support it,” he added.
Shella Romano-Francis owns Restyled Redesigned. She designed support Milton T-shirts, and is selling them for $22 each through her website. “I know everyone is having trouble adjusting to the new norm,” she said. Romano-Francis was supposed to open a storefront in early April. $10 for every shirt will be put towards gift cards to local businesses, and give them away through their social media channels.
Candice Hamilton-Miller is a local psychotherapist. She’s hoping to offer free counselling and support to frontline doctors. “They are faced with so much every day and many have to self-isolate from their own families,” Hamilton-Miller said. She wants to have it running have it running within the next two weeks.
The Milton Public Library has had to close its doors as part the Town’s initiative to slow the spread of COVID-19. The closure hasn’t stopped it from lending out its 3D printer to Kitchener-based Inksmith to make PPE Face Shields. “We will be printing face shield headbands around the clock in support of all healthcare workers during the COVID-19 outbreak,” they said in a statement on Facebook.