St. Louis Champions (COVID-19)
St. Louisans are stepping up and giving back to help maintain the health, safety and well-being of the community during these trying times.
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St. Louis native and Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey is stepping up in a big way, he pledged more than 25% of his net worth via $1 billion of his Square equity to help fight the the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Dorsey tweeted “Why now? The needs are increasingly urgent, and I want to see the impact in my lifetime. I hope this inspires others to do something similar. Life is too short, so let’s do everything we can today to help people now.” Read the full article.
The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation Center in East St. Louis provides food, opportunity, and hope for thousands of children each year. The JJK Foundation Center had to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic and CDC guidelines. Joyner-Kersee and the JJK Center staff knew they needed to find a way to keep in touch with children and continue to assist their needs during this time. After speaking with parents the overwhelming need for food became clear. The staff began preparing food and delivering curbside meals to more than 85 families in the area who are struggling during this time. Find out more.
They may be competitors on the court, but off the court the two two St. Louis natives are teaming up to help provide meals to residents throughout the St. Louis area amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics and Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards are good friends and always thinking about their hometown even as their NBA star keeps rising. The Chaminade graduates are matching all donations made to the St. Louis Food Bank’s COVID-19 relief efforts. The money they donated will also help provide meals through Feeding America. Get all the details.
Area breweries and distilleries are putting their alcohol expertise to work in a different way, producing hand sanitizer. “We had everything in-house outside of glycerin,” said Kevin Lemp, founder of 4 Hands Brewing. He started out by delivering 144 gallons to City Hall and plans to make 2,000 more gallons. Still 630 Distillery, and Switchgrass Spirits in Wellston have also started making hand sanitizer. Even Anheuser-Busch is making and distributing hand sanitizer to its team. They plan to work with the American Red Cross to direct sanitizer to communities where it’s most needed. Read the full article.
During Nexcore’s “Streamathon STL,” 32 hours of live streaming to raise funds for small and independent businesses and restaurants in the region, Hamm bought Imo’s Pizza for the Saint Louis University hospital staff and promised to deliver more in person when things calm down. He chatted live on the telethon with the workers and thanked them as they serve the community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to Hamm his favorite Imo’s order is hamburger and bacon, which he would order all the time after working late shifts at Cardwell’s in high school. Find out more.
St. Louis native and supermodel Karlie Kloss teamed up with Beyond Meat, through their Feed A Million+ Pledge, to donate burgers to local food banks. The program was established to donate meals and focus on organizations that reach frontline workers, health care workers and communities in need. Kloss sent Beyond Burgers to St. Louis Area Foodbank and The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri. On Instagram Kloss said “I am honored to be able to help out in my home state. I am sending so much love to those affected and on the front lines both in Missouri and across this country.” Get all the details.
Former Blues player Pat Maroon teamed up with the St. Louis area nonprofit St. Louis HERO Network to help support first responders amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Hometown hero Maroon purchased enough food from Oakville spot, The Blarney Stone Pub to feed south county police officers and the Mehlville Fire Department. “Pat wanted to find a way to show his support for local first responders and everyone on the front line right now, so he came to us and hopped on our mission to Feed the Front Lines & support local businesses at the same time,” St. Louis HERO Network wrote on Instagram. Read the full article.
St. Louis ArtWorks’ teaching artist Tia Bible joined the call of creating face shields for healthcare workers in St. Louis.“Our community needs all the help it can get during these trying times”, said Bible. “Being able to utilize my skills to help out those on the front lines is the least I can do. I’m thankful that Priscilla (Executive Director of St. Louis ArtWorks) and our board members allowed me to bring the machine to the safety of my home to help in this way.” Tia has worked non-stop at her home, using the Artemis 3-D 300 Printer loaned to her by ArtWorks producing up 50 face shields a week.
David Weglarz, owner and distiller at local craft distiller StilL 630, switched over the production of the entire business and has been making and donating hand sanitizer to hospitals and other health care organizations in need. They are working tirelessly to be sure that others are safe. David’s email auto-response reads “We’re frantically making hand sanitizer as fast as we can. Please be safe and we look forward to sharing spirits with you as soon as it is reasonable!” If you need spirits to get you through this trying time, here is a helpful list of retail locations where StiIL 630 products can be found.
Tai Davis started boxing up lunches for kids this past March. He knew there was a need, and he had the time and the skills to fill it.”I don’t want to see any child hungry during these times…I just want to help as many kids as we can,” said Tyler Davis. The rising star chef’s program for feeding hungry kids, St. Louis Boxed Lunches, has been preparing nutritional meals for students in the absence of school lunches. If you want to volunteer or make a donation send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved. Find out more!
St. Louis Champions
We have created an army of advocates known as St. Louis Champions! By using our collective networks, we spread the word about the great things happening in our region – and the impact of those who call St. Louis home. To become a St. Louis Champion, simply join our St. Louis Champions Facebook Group and we will keep you up-to-date on the latest St. Louis news. Click on any of the videos below to hear insights from our Champions about how they contribute to the vitality and growth of the region.
St. Louis Champions
St. Louis Champion: Julius Anthony
St. Louis Champions: David Sandusky
St. Louis Champions: Mike Emerson
St. Louis Champion: Dream Builders
St. Louis Champion: Tamara Keefe
St. Louis Champion: Michelle Tucker
St. Louis Champion: Flint Fowler
St. Louis Champion: Michelle Smallmon
St. Louis Champion: Michelle Mitchell
St. Louis Champion: Michael McMillan
St. Louis Champion: Karlos Ramirez
St. Louis Champion: Derrion Henderson
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