This is a love note to you, Brookings. We are here for you. Our businesses and our people are what makes this place special. You are the heartbeat. As a community, we will get through this together.
Love Our Health Care Workers
December 16, 2020
The Brookings community was challenged to cut, write, create and mail at least 1,000 paper hearts to fill the Brookings Hospital Inpatient Care waiting room windows to show appreciation for our health care workers. On December 16, more than 1,777+ hearts were delivered, filling the windows and overflowing to other areas of the hospital spreading messages of love, hope and kindness. Check out the time lapse video of the Brookings Health System team creating the waiting room heart display.
The featured mural is named Sisu and was painted by Ashley Biggar. "Sisu" is a Finnish word which closely translated is a combination of extraordinary determination, courage and resoluteness in the face of extreme adversity. Check out this downtown mural in person on the Brookings Register alley wall by Nick's Hamburger Shop (corner of Main Avenue & 5th Street).
Love Our Neighbors
There are plenty of ways to give back to your community. Check out the available volunteer opportunities right here in Brookings. This list is managed and updated frequently by the Helpline Center.
Our local businesses are essential for our economy. They bring growth and provide employment. They also care about our community and are the people who live in your neighborhood and know your name. Local businesses are part of what makes Brookings special. Check out this list of local businesses you can support.
♥ Shop Local Buy local and support small business owners, the people who are our neighbors! Many businesses have an option to purchase through their website, Facebook, via a phone call or through email which means you can support local even from the safety of your home!
♥ Order Takeout or Delivery Many local restaurants have curbside pickup or delivery options. Order from your favorite restaurant or try somewhere new! As long as you don’t have to cook, it will be delicious!
♥ Purchase Gift Cards Purchase a gift card to use later or to give to someone special. Buy "future you" a date night, shopping spree, or lunch with friends!
♥ Avoid Paying with Cash Limit the risk of exposure to employees. Credit, debit, and contactless options like Apple Pay are great ways to eliminate touching key pads or handling cash. Plus, these transactions are usually faster, getting you in and out quickly!
♥ Write Good Reviews & Post On Social Media Help spread the good word! Write positive reviews online of your favorite local businesses. Facebook, Google and Yelp are all great sources to write reviews. Follow, Like, Share, Comment and spread the news of your local businesses to all of your followers!
♥ Be Understanding We are in unprecedented times. Be understanding. Know that each business is different and they are doing what’s best for them. Reach out to business owners or employees to ask how they are doing, or to simply let them know you support their decisions. It means a lot!
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