These are difficult times for a lot of people.
But you can do things.
Here are three.
(1) Support the brilliant work of Del Reid and the folks at 26Shirts.
Every two weeks, the shirt changes. And a large percentage of the sales go to a worthy cause. This shirt’s cause:
Lucky McMahon is a wonderful 5 year old boy who was born premature at 33 weeks. So far in his life Lucky has required over 15 surgeries, and struggles with a complex medical history as a result. Lucky suffers from Hydrocephalus and Chiari Malformation, but what he really needs help with are his teeth. Lucky requires multiple teeth removed, crowns places, and cavities filled. Without the procedures Lucky’s current infection could worsen and prove fatal. Due to Lucky’s unique diagnoses, he requires anesthesia during his multiple procedures, and a dentist who is able to work with Lucky’s needs. Lucky’s mom Paula is fighting hard for her little boy, and has found a dentist to do his procedures, but she needs financial help to cover the cost. She thanks anyone who purchases a shirt to help her and her little boy!
(2) Give a few dollars to the Windy Kitty Cafe (or whatever animal shelter you support).
If you love cats, and I do, Windy Kitty Cafe is one of the most glorious places on earth. They recently established a kitten nursery and I got to watch about 8 kittens climb on my lady friend Sarah for a half hour. (See directly below.)
They are operating on a shoestring budget right now because they can’t get visitors in the door to help supplement their costs. But you can help. By CLICKING HERE. By giving them a few bucks.
(3) If your local bar or restaurant is doing takeout, take advantage!
I spend a great deal of my time in bars and restaurants. And over the last few weeks, I have become acutely aware of just how much time.
Many bars and restaurants that are open and doing takeout are doing so at a loss. Booze is how these joints hit their margins and booze sales are in the toilet. You don’t have to get takeout every night – and god knows you shouldn’t – but once or twice a week, if you can, support these establishments. Not just for the financial bump. Supporting these joints sends a psychological message that we give a shit about them, that they’re important to us. Many of these places are going to struggle to survive should this thing go on three months or more. Let’s give them a reason to fight on.
A few in Chicago:
- Billy Goat Tavern is selling souvenirs and gift cards online. (They also do delivery.)
- Lou Malnati’s is doing delivery and curb-side pickup. (And if you’re anywhere in the country, Lou’s will mail you frozen pies. And they’re worth it!)
- You want ribs? Some of the best ribs in the world are available at Twin Anchors in Old Town.
- Want Italian? My two favorite places in town are Cafe Bionda in the South Loop and Club Lago. Both are doing takeout.