TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — With the economic uncertainties from the coronavirus, we here at ABC 27 are shining a light on businesses that are doing their part to help out the community while keeping their business open.
Helping a neighbor in need. It's a kind gesture, especially during tough times like we're in now.
But one Tallahassee business is donating more than a helping hand.
Founded in 1979, Keith McNeill Plumbing has fixed a lot of messes, and they've not let the coronavirus stop-up their ability to work.
"It's been interesting because you're seeing a wide range of customer reactions," said Chase McNeill, the president of Keith McNeill Plumbing. "From some people not caring whatsoever about the virus to others being extremely concerned. So it's been interesting, running a business during unprecedented times requires a little out-of-the-box thinking."
Even so, they've kept their community donations flowing, recently donating a free meal to a frontline family.
"I think it's very important to have a positive outlook through these types of tough times," McNeill said. "So we're always looking for ways to give back to our community that helps us so much."
They've also enlisted the help of their employees. Nine-year service technician Elvis Aleman said his elderly neighbor was "all shook up" when a recent bad storm blew down her fence.
"One of the wind storms that went through, blew the boards down," said Ann Bass, Havana resident whose fence was blown down. "And with a dog, I needed my fence fixed."
So Keith McNeill Plumbing came out, rolled up their sleeves and got to work.
"It's awesome," said Aleman. "It's an awesome feeling to be able to, not just to give back. It's very self-gratifying to be able to help somebody else, help somebody in need."
"It made me feel great! Absolutely made me feel good," Bass said. "Don't have to worry about him chasing the rooster next door, haha."
Using some down time to leak a little love into the lives of others.
If you're a business supporting our community, we want to hear from you.
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Click on the We're Open, Tallahassee tab at the top of the ABC 27 website. Then, tell us your story by filling out the section to the right.
It's our way of letting people know you are open for business, and how they can support you.