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We're Open Colorado: Trio of businesses give back to first responders

Posted at 5:42 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 20:33:26-04

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.

With all of this in mind, let's take a look at three separate businesses, Happy Tap, Marigold Cafe and Bakery, and the Remax Hermes Team. Over the course of the past month these organizations have worked together to provide food, beer, and support to our first responders and medical employees.

"We're here to take care of the ones that are struggling, take care of the ones that are risking their lives and those jobs are meaningful to us. So to give back makes [us] feel good," stated Ghassan Nehme of Marigold.

The organizations have coordinated on two separate events, with the first providing meals and beers to first responders and medical personnel.

"If you know you're in that position, I believe you have an obligation to give back," stated Justin Hermes.

"If it's not going to be normal for us, we might as well try to help out," continued Bret Helton, owner of Happy Tap.

The second organized event worked to raise money that went towards the Sheriff's Foundation in an effort to help the family of Deputy Hopkins who passed away due to complications caused by COVID-19.

"You know, it's not about how much money you make, it's about how much money you give, that's my opinion. Most people would like to make a million, I'd rather give a million," stated Hermes.

"For me that was kind of a simple thing, this isn't for us, this is for everyone else," finished Brett.

Marigold has since also worked to provide meals for nurses in our area.

Both Marigold and Happy Tap are hopeful that they will find partners and paths to continue to give back to those in the community that need it the most.

If you know of a business that is working to find innovative ways to keep operating while also working to help the community, email us at news@koaa.com.