I think it would be very easy to help out and save a lot of our local businesses by buying gift cards immediately.
There is no time to waste. It’s like a zero interest loan. We’re giving them a cash advance, so that they can get by. We benefit now by saving businesses and later by the food or merchandise we receive. This can be done at lots of the local restaurants and shops.
I really do think it would benefit them if we started right away. It’s really important for their survival. I can’t think of a better way. If they don’t offer gift cards, ask them to set it something up.
Also, I would encourage the local government and Chamber of Commerce to buy and make the folding signs that can be placed on the sidewalks suggesting, “Save our community! Buy Gift Cards!” Place them everywhere!