Local law firm starts movement paying it forward to hurting restaurants

They're sending checks to their favorite places
Local law firm starts movement paying it forward to hurting restaurants
Posted at 2:54 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 18:53:37-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — One local law firm has started a movement to help out their neighbors in need, and they hope others now will join them.

Partners at the law firm Nussbaum Spier Gleason PLLC, based in Colorado Springs, got the idea to send checks to some of their favorite restaurants.

Martin Nussbaum was destined to go into law.

“I’m a natural advocate,” Nussbaum said.

For over 30 years, he hasn’t lost sight of what his role as a lawyer really means.

“We’re stewarding a precious constitutional inheritance,” he said. “That’s really what we’re about in the law.”

And from his office high above downtown Colorado Springs, he and his partners haven’t lost sight of the community just outside.

“We realized that the pandemic hasn’t adversely affected all institutions the same, and that the burden has fallen especially hard on our Colorado Springs restaurants<” Nussbaum said.

That’s when he got to thinking.

“We as a law firm are doing just fine so we thought there’s something we ought to do to help them out,” he said.

So he put a plan into motion to pay it forward.

“We think of it as our Bedford Falls moment,” Nussbaum said. “We decided the best thing is not to buy gift certificates or anything else… but just to give them some cash.”

On Tuesday he mailed out 10 checks to 10 mystery restaurants in the downtown area.

“We hope it will be a nice surprise for them and a little bit of help,” Nussbaum said. “But they need more help.”

That’s when he made some calls.

“Very quickly, other law firms decided to join,” he said.

Now, a total of five firms are each sending checks to their 10 favorite restaurants.

But why stop there?

“We hope a lot of businesses in the community, and those that are doing well this year especially, let’s help out those that aren’t,” he said.

He hopes anyone with the means will hop on board.

“Give them a larger tip, help them out if you can,” he said. “Don’t ask for anything back.”

Keeping their sights set on what matters most.

“It’s very simple… Merry Christmas… help your brother out who’s in need,” he said.