There’s no doubt we’re living in difficult and uncertain times. Amidst the breaking news headlines, we wanted to share heartwarming stories of hope and positivity in our communities. We’re all in this together and we all #LoveHC, now more than ever.
Helping the Community
- Noble Coffee & Tea Company in downtown Noblesville partnered with local artist Geoff Davis to sell a "Together We Will See It Through" print. Cost is $10 with proceeds benefitting out-of-work restaurant workers in downtown Noblesville. Available here for curbside pickup or here for shipping.
- Customers at Titus Bakery & Deli in Westfield have “paid it forward” at the drive-thru to surprise the unsuspecting person behind them in line.
- Hunt Club Distillery is using their spirits to make hand sanitizer to distribute at no cost.
- Hamilton County Parks and Recreation have turned Little Free Libraries at Strawtown Koteewi Park to Little Free Pantries, with free nonperishable food items and toiletries.
- Adriene's Flowers & Gifts in Noblesville is doing a "Porch it Forward" initiative. They have complimentary bouquets on their front porch and are asking locals to take a bouquet and leave it on the front porch of someone that is in need of a little happiness.
- The Carmel Police Department, Carmel Fire Department and Carmel Street Department received professional cleaning services on apparatus and vehicles at no cost from Bolden's Cleaning and Restoration Services, which donated its services to help clean and disinfect vehicles to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Noblesville Parks staff pivoted normal operations and gave flowers intended for the downtown square to local residents to brighten their day. More than 100 locals were nominated, and gifted, with a colorful surprise.
- Carter's Play Place in Westfield has been delivering new, sealed toys on the porches of residents in need.
Helping Healthcare Workers
- Java House Coffee Bar in Carmel is accepting donations from customers to donate coffee and pastries to local hospital staff. Learn more here.
- Newly-opened Rose & Lois coffee shop recently received a call from three friends wanting to split the bill to feed front line health care employees.
- All proceeds collected from the Bolt for the Heart Virtual 5K helped provide meals for emergency room healthcare heroes. Event organizers used the money to purchase coffee and food from Java House Coffee Bar and Titus Bakery & Deli to donate to Central Indiana hospitals. Java House donated 115 gallons of coffee to more than 700 healthcare workers in three days! Bolt for the Heart is a non-profit that provides automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for local law enforcement.
- Nameless Catering Company gave away 600 meals for four to those immediately impacted by the virus via job loss or loss of hours worked. They also invite the public to use their services as a vehicle to help healthcare workers. Anyone can call Nameless to book a catering order on their behalf, and Nameless will deliver food to a local ICU, ER or other hospital unit impacted during this time. To date, they have delivered 30 orders benefitting 500 healthcare staff.
- Brunchies is doing a "Feed the Frontline" initiative. Customers can buy a meal for a healthcare worker and Brunchies will match the donation. They have delivered more than 100 hot meals to St. Vincent to date.
- 1st Makerspace at Launch Fishers is making face shield frames and face mask holders to relieve irritation of the back side of the ears due to elastic bands. They are collaborating with the Herron School of Art to coordinate efforts locally and within the IU campuses.
- The Carmel Library Digital Media Lab is currently closed to the public, but they're using 3D printers to print items to donate to local hospitals. This includes surgical mask straps and frames for face shields.
- Apex Medical in Carmel is making 12,000 coronavirus test kits each day and is sending 50,000 to New York City. Read more from the New York Post.
- The Hamilton County Mask Brigade is a grassroots community group of 1,200+ residents who have made more than 4,000 masks, caps, headbands and button bands to various entities, including the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. They are in need of volunteers to donate time and/or materials. Learn more here.
- A local group called Front Line Appreciation Group (FLAG) is working with local restaurants to purchase meals to deliver to front line healthcare workers. In three weeks, they have had 1,800 residents get involved with the initiative and donated meals to more than 25 health care facilities. Join the Facebook group and learn more information here.