I’m still dubious about the merits of buying gift cards to support businesses affected by the coronavirus shutdown. If, brother, you can spare a dime, you might do better to donate directly to your local hospital or food pantry to meet the immediate physical needs of the community. You could buy a gift card to your favorite closed café for use when we get vaccines, or you could buy a couple frozen lasagnas at Kessler’s and give them (after washing your hands) to a nurse who’s been working double shifts.
But hey, small business owners have to eat and pay rent, too, so what’s wrong with offering some charity to your neighbor who happens to run a business rendered unviable by our sensible staying at home?
Baseline Financial of Aberdeen is launching a campaign to prop up small businesses during our statewide state of emergency. Mayor Travis Schaunaman rushed over to be the first donor… and which business did he show deserves to be first in line for his charity?
Allevity Entertainment, his political pal Senator Al Novstrup’s new indoor bumper-car palace.
People are free to do with their charity what they want. But Al and his business partner/son David Novstrup have already gotten help from the Aberdeen Development Corporation with handling their building permit and recruiting a new movie theater to move in next door. Before any small business gets thirds, shouldn’t every small business get firsts?