In the spirit of holiday giving, the Auburn Chamber of Commerce is reaching out to members of the community to donate to those who have been hit the hardest by the 2020 Covid pandemic.
In an effort to support the front line workers, the Auburn Chamber is showing support for these professionals by providing meals. The Chamber has plans to partner with local restaurant and catering members to purchase meals to feed the healthcare workers of EAMC.
With local Covid numbers in Lee County rising and hospitalizations hitting a new peak at EAMC, the Auburn’s Chamber of Commerce is looking to help frontline workers who are unable to leave their post during 12-hour shifts as they fight to save lives in the East Alabama area.
According to Anna Hovey, vice president of business development at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, providing these meals is a small token of gratitude in the monumental fight that these workers are waging for a sense of security in Auburn’s community health.
“We, at the Chamber, believe that providing meals is such a small gesture that can make a difference in a person’s day,” Hovey said. “Imagine if you worked 12 hours straight, under extremely stressful conditions for not only yourself but your family members who are watching you essentially battle a war every day.
“We just want to be the source of happiness for those who risk their lives to help others — no matter how large or small, especially in times like these when that fight can bring so much more risk.”
The chamber, now also a 501(c)(3) foundation, is able to accept tax-deductible donations to raise funds for the special project.
Hovey, who also plans on donating, says it's a great way to give back during this unique holiday season.
“The battle with Covid is 24/7 until we are able to move forward,” she said. “Some of these workers won't be coming home or will need to quarantine for the holidays.”
The Auburn Chamber, which works directly with local Auburn businesses, mission is to provide resources and leadership to strengthen the Auburn business community and create a thriving business environment. Following five core values of collaboration and connection, leadership, sustainability, stewardship and relevance, Auburn Chamber has partnerships with the city of Auburn, Auburn University, Auburn-Opelika Tourism, EAMC and Auburn City Schools.
Donations can be accepted directly at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce.
During this time, Hovey wants to encourage all citizens that no amount is too small or large for this cause.
“Any donation is welcome,” she said. “We just want to give members of the community a way to give back whatever way they can.
“With Christmas right around the corner, we are sure many families in Auburn will be in the spirit to give to those who are helping keep us safe during these uncertain times.”
For more information about Covid relief programs for business or any questions about this particular event, Hovey encourages citizens to head to the AU Chamber of Commerce’s website, the City of Auburn website or Facebook page.
As for the Chamber of Commerce, Hovey would like to extend thanks to the Auburn community for staying involved throughout the years.
“We just want to say thank you to everyone,” Hovey stated. “Thank you for being a part of the Auburn business community.”
“We are so excited and grateful to connect and collaborate on opportunities like these and we look forward to continuing our efforts in the future.”
Residents can also donate funds through an EAMC site or by mailing checks to the following address:
Attn: Dennis Thrasher
2000 Pepperell Parkway
Opelika, AL 36801