CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Coral Springs officials are continuing to encourage business owners and residents to open their wallets and help fellow business owners and residents struggling to get by in the coronavirus economy.

The city’s “Give Where You Live” campaign to provide temporary financial assistance for those hurting the most right now has, so far, brought in only a fraction of the $150,000 in donations that city leaders are hoping will be raised through a fund with the nonprofit Coral Springs Community Chest.

As of last week, the campaign generated more than $12,000 in contributions to help pay for housing, utilities, medicine, public transportation, and other pressing expenses of those who will be applying for the assistance, said Kristi Bartlett, the city’s economic development director.

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So far, three people/families have been approved for the assistance, she said.

Mayor Scott Brook said Coral Springs business owners and residents who can afford to help others in need should consider giving as soon as possible.

“To recover as a community, we need to do whatever we can to help those in need,” he said. “This is one of the best ways any of us can give to another.”

Business owners and residents who are interested in applying for the assistance will need to document their needs by filling out online applications and going through virtual interviews, city officials said.

If approved for funding, organizers from the Coral Springs Community Chest will pay business owners’ and residents’ expenses directly through their lenders, landlords, utilities, hospitals, pharmacies, and other places. They may also buy those in need gift cards to cover other expenses.

To donate or learn more about the campaign, click here.


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