The Chamber would like to say a special thank you to everyone who donated to our recent ‘Locals Supporting Locals’ appeal. The money raised was used to provide Care Packs to struggling business owners and their families in Muswellbrook and Denman impacted by the Covid-19 lockdowns.
Over $25,000 was raised through donations from businesses and members of the community.
The Care Packs were put together with products, vouchers, and gift cards, purchased from local businesses that were still open, but struggling financially due to seeing a drop in customers and income. These were then handed out to those who’s doors were closed and who had no alternate method of servicing customers, leaving them with no income. By structuring the campaign in this manner, the Chamber was able to deliver a multi-layered support program. But none of this would have been possible without the generous cash donations that we received.
We would also like to thank Domino’s Pizza Muswellbrook for providing free Pizza vouchers to be included in the Care Packs.
As the lockdowns continued to be extended, their impacts were beginning to really take their toll. Although the ‘Gift Packs’ only offered some small financial relief to ease the pressures many were experiencing, they provided a much-needed morale boost to those doing it tough and sent a message that their community had not forgotten them.
Those receiving the Care Packs were overwhelmed by the gesture, and in some cases, tears were shed when being contacted about their Care Packs, or when receiving them.
Thank you, Muswellbrook, for getting behind the appeal, your support has made a significant difference to those businesses trying to manage and survive the impacts of the pandemic.