AN _URGENT_ APPEAL in the time of Corona virus Covid-19


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AN _URGENT_ APPEAL in the time of Corona virus Covid-19

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Editado: Mar 18, 2020, 11:49 am

THIS IS AN URGENT APPEAL to potential donors,

TO Any and all readers of this (circulate. please!) whose good fortune puts them in a position to help others—

the cause for which I make this appeal is that of a small-business owner, a single proprietor who employs five to six others in two locations of a small cafe-restaurant. With the economic fallout of the Corona-19 virus hitting small-business operators and their employees around the world, there are now, of course, many such small-business owners who find themselves with backs against the wall.


The costs of remaining open are not being met by the walk-in trade that remains and temporary closure to weather the effects of this epidemic would require a fund to meet costs—payroll, rent, etc.— so that the business and those employees whose livelihoods depend on it can make it safely to the other side of the epidemic and return to a healthy business practice.

This is an enterprise that, absent the Corona-19 virus and its repercussions, would not be in any particular distress.

The business is special in numerous ways but all are positive in nature.

Customers of the cafe are free, absent any pressure, to choose, entirely at their own
discretion to “pay forward” the reduced cost of an item—food or drink—which is then made freely available to anyone who is in the grip of living homeless and therefore unable to afford to pay for the articles him or herself.

I'm taking this initiative entirely on my own and without the knowledge of the
business proprietor. Furthermore, I shall not personally have anything to gain in from your, the readers', positive responses to this appeal. The benefits, should there be any, shall accrue strictly and solely to the enterprise itself and, of course, its owner and employees, all of whom, if I only were able to, I'd personally help directly.

If you are one in a position to respond positively to this appeal, then I ask that you inform yourself about the business at its web-site and consider what you may be able to do to help this business survive. You are of course free to do this either anonymously or in your own name. You also need not make any reference to this appeal in the process of offering your financial or other support.

If you are looking for ways to help others through what is a very difficult time in a world-wide epidemic, I respectfully ask that you consider this cause for its merits and worthiness.

Only those who can afford to are asked to donate. And all donations are assumed to be freely given.


UP-DATE : It is rumored that between the date of this posting and Friday, the 20th of March, the government of Britain shall order a general shut-down of private businesses which are not essential: all but pharmacies, for example--similar to what recently took effect in France. That may mean that I shall have no opportunity to read and respond to enquiries individually posted to my LT profile-page and this is because I oten rely on such places for open Wi-Fi internet-access. Under the circumstances, then, here is the reference to the business which is the object of this appeal:

About Second Shot Second Shot Coffee

This appeal is not contingent on that shut-down and, whatever may happen, whether open or temporarily closed by government-order, readers of this appeal should assume that their aid is needed never the less.

Editado: Mar 20, 2020, 7:24 am

I think that many of us know worthy local businesses and individuals that are being hard hit by the covid-19 crisis. For most of us it will make more sense to support our local communities so that we have viable communities after the crisis has passed.

Mar 18, 2020, 12:31 pm

I'm buying a (large dollar) gift card at my local coffee shop. I've been there every Saturday morning for breakfast and journaling. And they had sponsored an Open Mic Night (currently suspended). They supported my writing group for years. I'm also going to leave much larger tips. I'd be devastated if they closed permanently.

Editado: Mar 19, 2020, 6:41 am

>2 MarthaJeanne:

You don't like me at all. That's fine. I can certainly live with it. But the fellow I would like to help? --he is thoroughly in the camp of feminists, devoted anti-Trumpers and just about the full gamut of what is thought of today and the most enlightened left-liberal politics. Politically, he and I are in certain ways worlds apart; in others we're not. But he's still young and may change with longerr life-experience. And I, never minding his political differences, consider him a wonderful, kind, generous, courageous fellow-- public-spirited and an innovator. But he may lose the business he's worked so hard to create and develop for the past five years. That would be a shame if it was due to this damnable viral epidemic.

There are people who can afford to do both. I'm particularly interested in appealing to them.

I'll just note your contribution as a rather hostile and mean-spirited post--when you were free in the first place to donate nothing at all and leave it at that.


>3 WholeHouseLibrary:

Great. I expect that the business owner(s) shall appreciate that, especially if the place is struggling.

Editado: Mar 19, 2020, 2:03 pm

>4 proximity1:

What on earth is "hostile" about MarthaJeanne's post? She said no more than did WholeHouseLibrary, that she is supporting local businesses, yet you don't attack him.

Mar 19, 2020, 2:00 pm

Prox, when I go to the site, it requires a person to already have an account there to "Pay it forward." Perhaps I'm being obtuse but I can't find a link to how to establish an account.

Mar 19, 2020, 6:57 pm

What a remarkable reply to MarthaJeanne and to be blunt it didn't relect well upon you and your cause.-Probably you started this thread out of what sounds a very sincere & earnest concern but forgive my saying that it comes across as a bit like advertising and just a wee bit self-congratulatory. Truly am sorry to say that but your implying that someone who would rather direct money elsewhere, does so because they don't like you provokes bluntness.

It would have been better had you said instead something along the lines of, Please don't forget the homeless and please try harder than ever to help them: they've not the option of retreating within four walls and they are even more than ever at risk. I'm sure you were just carried away by your feelings about your employer and your fellow staff but because you're asking for money for a profit-making enterprise I've flagged your post for solicitng. Honestly rather sorry--though less sorry than I would have been had I not read that 'about' page on your site filled with buzz words rather than substance--but it's not only the homeless peple whom your boss graciously employs who are hungry & in danger.

Mar 22, 2020, 7:55 am

>6 krolik:


yes, but for this, you needn't use the "P I F" feature. The idea here is simply to donate to the business itself. For that, you can just make a purchase--which, it's true, gives "Paypal" a big chunk--or you can go to site where, IIANM, there's also the owner's appeal--and try to follow that. Failing all of that, you can write to the owner (Julius) for his directions on how to donate. Again, many thanks! I have no more easy internet access for while this virus crisis ontinues so excuse my failure to reply sooner.