Well, in the wake of the disaster and tragedy, we are reminded of all the reasons we choose to live where we live, surrounded by people like all of you. Fires blazed through our town and surrounding communities, thick smoke blanketed the area for two of what are typically the busiest weeks of our summer season. The news reports were full of gloom and doom and economic ruin.
Guess what happened?
Our local community came downtown. They shopped and dined and supported us. They immediately understood the impact this could have on their town, and they came downtown and shopped. Seems like such an easy thing to do, but it meant a lot to us. So, thank you.
Then do you know what happened?
The smoke cleared and tourists came back to support one of their favorite travel destinations. They all wanted to hear about what we'd been through, and show their support. We heard from families who come every year, and knew it was even more important to keep that tradition alive this year. We heard people say they stopped in every store on our side of the street, and were getting ready to head back up the other side. They bought something in every store. We heard from one couple who said they come every year, and usually cook their meals at their rented condo. This year they decided to eat every meal out. All were doing their part to support our local economy.
So, we just want to say thank you!
By the way, if you're still interested in ways to help with the fire relief effort, check out our previous blog. There are links at the end to connect you with organizations who accept donations of both money and time.