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From Community to Global Impacts: These businesses are extending Support to Their Communities

Mar 27, 2020

From Community to Global Impacts: These businesses are extending Support to Their Communities

As we take on each day with a little bit of uncertainty, there’s only so much we feel we can do. We social distance, work from home, do our best to maintain a positive outlook and hope that this will all be a thing of the past sooner than later.  

For essential businesses that are providing to their communities with limited resources, we can reach out and send a thank you by supporting their work or making a donation. The saying goes, “not all heroes wear capes.”  The heroes reside in these essential businesses that are going the extra mile to send help beyond their immediate means. Resiliency truly shows at a time like now, and here are a few businesses, small and large, that are safely pushing their boundaries to aid the affected. We send our gratitude as they pay it forward.

LA Apparel

Around 5 weeks ago, LA Apparel started to produce washable and reusable face masks to purchase.  When Dov Charny, chief executive of the company noticed a shortage of the masks at an early time, he began to up production for individual purchase and has donated thousands of masks to healthcare organizations and essential businesses in need.   


Last Saturday, Clarins Group announced that they will continue to produce hand sanitizer from 3 of their factories as long as it is safe for workers.  The company has already distributed over 14,500 hand sanitizers to French Hospitals across the country. 


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Ari Taymor

Ari Taymor, owner of Little Prince in Santa Monica, has recently closed down his restaurant along with hundreds of others in Los Angeles. During this hopeful hiatus, Ari has started a series with Basic Space, and is sharing his favorite home cooked meals and snacks to comfort others in their own kitchen. 

8Ball Community 

The grassroutes New York DIY collective has launched “COVID-19 Hangouts”, a daily virtual program where guests can join their Zoom meeting and attend a series of workshops from painting, cooking, and guided meditations. Each 40 minute rendition goes live everyday at 1:30 PM EST and is free for anyone to join.

Sari Sari Studio

The Filipinx creative studio is partnering with creators, entrepreneurs, chefs, and small business owners to amplify their work and to bring togetherness during difficult times.  Programming will be free to view, and donations will be accepted through their community fund to support artists and to aid provinces in the Philippines with living necessities.  



Through its Impact Outpost program, Sweetgreen has taken a safe initiative on sending free salads and bowls to hospitals in proximity to locations. It is accepting requests and has already sent food locally to West L.A. Veterans Affairs Medical Center, L.A. County-USC Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital L.A.

Roy Choi & Kogi BBQ

The man behind Kogi BBQ, Chego, and the former Locol, has always carried a philanthropic ethos in his restaurants in serving his community.  Arguably known to start the food truck revolution in the late 2000’s, Choi’s fleet of the rolling restaurants are cruising around LA from end to end, serving hundreds of free tacos to affected workers.  The plan is simple. The trucks are set up in vast parking lots and cars line up for a drive-thru pick up. With a little help and funding from OneReplublic on the initiative, you might get your meal served by lead singer Ryan Tedder from a safe distance.  


Mozzaplex & Chi Spacca

Despite the turmoil that the restaurant industry is facing though these times, James Beard winner Nancy Silverton is actively taking these issues into her own consideration.  With help from the Lee Foundation, Nancy and her brigade of restaurants are providing help towards workers affected in the service industry. Both her restaurants, Mozzaplex & Chi Spacca, are now relief centers open daily from 5:30-8:30PM, where in-need workers may receive free take out meals and home necessities.  

Nancy Silverton at Chi Spacca

Pattern Brands

Pattern Brands, the warmly aesthetic multi-brand consumer goods company, launched their “Speaker Series” on Instagram earlier this week.  Gathering a handful of multi-faceted individuals and providing a free platform open for discussion on various topics within the community for these trying times.  


Eckhaus Latta

The quirky designer brand has temporarily closed down their New York and Los Angeles shops, but are still going strong on the web.  With every purchase made, 10% of proceeds go towards the LA Food Bank and the Food Bank For New York City


As a brand, Krost has emphasized purpose over products as every decision, design and message are influenced by their mission. Samuel Krost’s hope is to inspire social change by connecting people to a genuine goal; using apparel as a vehicle to improve society through the concepts of support, friendship, and community. Each collection is a collaboration that directly benefits charitable organizations like March for our Lives and Eden Reforestation Projects.   To help support students affected by the nationwide closure of public schools, Krost is currently donating a portion of proceeds to New York City Food Bank, an organization that provides consistent meals to those disrupted by Coronavirus. To date, Krost has donated 500+ meals to vulnerable families, a number they hope will continue to grow.