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Raising Cane’s donates meals to workers on the front lines and Children’s Hunger Alliance

Throughout the year and during this pandemic we have continued to support those on the front lines by donating back meals as a way to say thank you for your continuous commitment to Central Ohio.

Cleaning service decontaminates first responders vehicles in Pataskala

Jordy Wycuff with All City Cleaning Services contacted Det. Ramsey with the Pataskala Police Department wanting to help first responders with a cleaning service.
Urban Meyer is focused on advocacy and outreach to Columbus’s homeless community
Coach Urban Meyer is partnering with the Make-A-Day Foundation – an organization focused on advocacy and outreach to Columbus’s homeless community – to provide up to 20,000 to families and children in financial distress.
Dublin teen fighting COVID-19 released from hospital after transfusions
After spending 15 days in a hospital a Dublin teen is at home recovering and it happened with the help of complete strangers.
Social Media Challenge puts the “Fun” in Fundraiser 
A social media lip sync challenge started in Columbus is helping raise money for frontline workers.
New Albany sisters spend free time collecting food donations for those in need
Two New Albany sisters have teamed up with the Franklin United Brethren Church to collect food donations for those in need. They are donating the food to the New Albany Food Pantry and others in the area.
Front Steps photos benefit Columbus Artists
Front Step photos or “porchtraits” are helping local artists who are hurt by the coronavirus
City of Hilliard honors Senior Athletes
The City of Hilliard, Ohio is honoring Senior Student Athletes with banners after their season was canceled because of coronavirus.

#BeLikeBonnie: 90-year-old Columbus native inspires Ohioans with quarantine art

A 90 year old Columbus resident is inspiring many to stay home and support frontline workers. She even caught the attention of Governor Dewine.
Dublin Resident leaves flowers for everyone in neighborhood
A Dublin, Ohio resident drove her SUV with the hatch open and left a flat of flowers for everyone on her street to brighten each neighbors day. Acts of kindness in times like these bring joy!
New Albany Robotics Students use 3D printing to offer relief 
Robotics Students at New Albany have come together to create a device that will lessen the strain surgical and protective masks have on Doctors and Nurses.
Harbor Yoga offers free Yoga daily on Facebook live
Harbor Yoga Studio in Dublin, OH is offering free yoga to the community via Facebook live. Check out their schedule to catch a live class or take a recorded class at your convenience.
Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith, Football Coach Ryan Day and Basketball Coach Chris Holtmann donate to Mid-Ohio Foodbank
The Ohio State University’s Athletic Director, Football Coach and Basketball Coach have donated $175,000 to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Graphic Designer creates COVID-19 worksheets to keep kids busy
A graphic designer in Cleveland has created a educational worksheet for kids to record their experience during the COVID-19 crisis.
Watershed Distillery makes hand sanitizer for first responders and public
Watershed Distillery announces that they have made hand sanitizer readily available in 16 oz bottles and up to 5 gallon jugs.
Cardinal Health donates 2 million hospital gowns
Cardinal Health announced that it will donate 2.2 million hospital gowns to the national stockpile on Wednesday.
Kroger giving “Hero Bonus” to frontline workers
Kroger announced it is giving its employees a $2 bonus for every hour worked between March 29th and April 18th.
“I want to be like you, Dr. Amy”
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine paid tribute to Dr. Amy Acton with video tribute at his press conference on Monday.
Dublin City Schools steps up to help local hospital 
Dublin City Schools have donated over 3,000 N95 masks to Ohio Health
Homage creates new shirt to benefit the American Red Cross
Columbus retailer Homage is using a quote from Governor Dewine to make a new shirt that benefits the American Red Cross. The shirt reads “We are Ohioans. We are Buckeyes. We are Strong.”
Kroger orders its employees largest Donatos order ever!
Donatos Pizza broke a record Saturday as dozens of restaurants worked together to feed Kroger employees.  Kroger fed 12,000 of their central Ohio employees at 68 grocery stores in the service area.
Stranger donates facemask to boy so he can attend his grandfathers funeral
A stranger in Columbus, Ohio has donated a facemask to a young boy with cerebral palsy so he can attend his grandfathers funeral.
Two Columbus Girls perform for old lady on porch 
Two Clintonville girls hold impromptu cello concert for 78 year old lady on her front porch.
Jimmy Haslam donates 1.5 million to Ohio COVID-19 relief fund
Cleveland Browns and Columbus Crew owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam donate 1.5 million dollars to Ohio’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.
John Legend organizes shuttle service to the south side of Springfield after the Kroger closed
After the only grocery store on the south side of Springfield closes, Springfield native John Legend helps organize a shuttle service to another grocery store in town.
Customer leaves $2500 tip for Columbus restaurant workers
In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, many in the service industry are being put out of work. One Columbus man left a $2,500 tip at the Coaches Bar and Grill to be split among the staff.
Giant Eagle opens early for Senior Citizens 
Giant Eagle announced that starting Monday, March 23rd they will be opening at 6 AM for Senior Citizens who are differently-abled or immune-compromised.
Brewdog providing free Hand Sanitizer 
BrewDog USA announced that it is working with its headquarters in Scotland to produce their own hand sanitizer. Once it is shipped to Columbus it will be provided to people for free.
Ohio State Parents help students in need
Parents of Ohio State students got together and created care packages for students who do not have parental support while they are in college.
Columbus Foundation and Middle West Spirits provide for Frontline Responders 
Innovative distilling process provides unique opportunity to get sanitizer in hands of all EMS and shelters in Franklin County
National Guard packs hundreds of meals
More than 700 meals were prepared by 10 members of the Ohio National Guard in Fairfield, Ohio.
City of Westerville waives utility bills
The City of Westerville waived April’s utility bills for all residents.
Local BBQ Restaurant steps up to feed children
Smoked on High is offering free meals to children who are no longer in school
Ohio Hotels prepare to offer Shelter in place
Ohio Hotels are preparing to serve as emergency shelters if needed during the coronavirus crisis.
COTA and Donatos team up to feed transit workers
COTA and Donatos teamed up to feed over 1,000 transit workers with their own personal pizzas.
Etna neighborhood displays “Thank You” Hearts for essential workers
Mother and daughter create “Thank You” hearts for Etna’s essential works.
Clintonville Business is collecting sewn face masks for healthcare works
Wildcat Gift and Party in Clintonville is collecting sewn face masks for local healthcare workers. They have set up a 24 hour drop box for donations.
Local Sign Maker pivots to help healthcare workers
A Delaware County sign making business shifted their focus to creating protective shields for healthcare workers.
Battelle and The Ohio State University team up to create COVID-19 Testing Kits 
The new testing kits allow for a faster turnaround time.