Emma is turning 8 on April 4th! She was excited to have a party and dinner with her family at her favorite local restaurant, but that plan had to change due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Her mom, Amy, explained to Emma that her birthday plans would be changing because of the restaurants being closed. That’s when Emma asked: “but if the restaurants are closed, what will happen to the people who have jobs there?”

That question sparked an idea and a mission - and a plan unfolded that would benefit not just the restaurants in the community but also the people that normally work in the service industry that are out of work due to social distancing.

Every dollar donated to the “Emma’s In The Biz” fundraiser will go toward the purchase of gift cards from local restaurants. Each of the gift cards purchased will then be distributed to people in the community who work in the restaurant industry and depend on income that they can no longer bring in due to mandatory closures. This includes waiters and waitresses, bartenders, and other individuals who are in need at this time due to no cash flow. The plan is to help local restaurants gain their footing while also providing support to the hard-working employees who found themselves with no income almost overnight.

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Each of us can take Emma’s lead and look for ways to contribute. The stress that has amassed in our communities because of the pandemic both emotionally and financially has been crazy! Whether it’s by donating to “Emma’s In The Biz”, volunteering our time, or just passing on a note of positivity to the people around us, we encourage you to look for ways to help.

You might be wondering how Emma will spend her Birthday? Well, even amongst the craziness, she won’t be entirely without a birthday celebration this year. Moved by her daughter’s selflessness and wanting to make Emma’s quarantine birthday special, Amy orchestrated a surprise “social-distancing approved” birthday parade. Friends and family members will be driving by their house with birthday signs to show lots of love for the girl who gave her 8th birthday to charity. Be a part of the cause - donate to Emma’s In The Biz today!

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