COLORADO SPRINGS — There's no arguing that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed a massive portion of our daily lives.
In the midst of these changes, many local businesses are finding ways to overcome and adapt to keep their doors open, while at the same time, help those around them.
Similarly, businesses hit hard are reporting a tremendous outpouring of support from the community.
This outpouring reminding all of us that while this global epidemic has changed so much, it HASN'T changed people's desire for community.
This is We're Open Colorado, a segment dedicated to highlighting local businesses that are still open and finding unique ways to serve the community.
"We have some basic beliefs," commented Mark Jewell, owner of Great Harvest Bread, "and one of those is to give generously. We're pretty serious about that stuff, it's not just a bunch of words on the wall."
Since it opened, the shop has worked diligently to donate bread to ministries and food pantries throughout Colorado Springs.
In the past few weeks the organization has ramped up donations.
With the help of a caring community they have offered to match monetary donations made towards the order of bread for humanitarian groups in order to get more food out into the hands of those that need it.
Currently, they are working to donate food to groups such as Care and Share Food Bank, Tri-Lakes Cares, Cross-Fire Ministries, and Colorado Springs Rescue Mission.
We're all in this together, and to see so many individuals and businesses from the community really rally to provide meals, especially when businesses themselves are hurting or struggling, and to see them say [that they've] got some extra bread [they] want to donate or some pre-packaged meals that [they] want to donate; it's really made a big difference.
Great Harvest Bread Co. hopes to continue supporting their community as long as they can.
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