From the team at All Island:
This holiday season, we are incredibly grateful to be a part of a community that supports each other through and through. And in spirit of the holiday, we thought we’d update the article we shared in March, as local businesses still need our support.
Here are five ways to support Long Island businesses during the holidays:
Shop local. Make a list of all of your favorite local shops, then grab a cup of cocoa, sit down at the computer and start shopping! Not only can you do all your shopping in your PJs but might be able to get it all done in one day. Here is a fantastic article about shopping local while sheltering in place.
Order carry out or delivery from your favorite restaurants. The pandemic has hit New York’s restaurants hard. Let’s show them support by ordering carry out and delivery as much as we can. This is also a great time to try out new restaurants you’ve been planning to visit and those that don’t normally deliver.
Hosting a small gathering this holiday season? Why not have it catered by a local restaurant?
Buy gift certificates. One day, in the very near future, we’re going to get back to a new normal. When that happens, we’ll be more than ready to visit our favorite businesses in person again. Purchasing gift cards is an investment in their future. It’s also cash for them now that you can redeem later, so it puts money in their pockets at a time when they need it the most.
Pay it forward. Have you heard about the massive pay it forward at the Dairy Queen drive-thru that made 900 people smile? Let’s keep it going! The next time you’re at a drive-thru or coffeeshop, make someone’s day and pay it forward. They’ll feel good — and you will, too.
Give to local charities. The coronavirus is still putting local nonprofits and charities to the task. This year, consider making a donation in someone’s honor for the holidays. Check out Long Island Cares for ways you can donate to help feed those in need.
Or, make a homeless pet’s day by fostering during the holidays. If you’re interested, check out Animal Care Centers of NYC to foster a cat or dog or a shelter near you.
From all of us at All Island Garage Door, we wish you a safe and wonderful holiday and new year!