Deb Harer and her State Farm team in Troy wanted to do something to help the businesses in the community as well as help the local medical staff at Troy Guthrie Clinic.
“When everything shut down, the staff at Guthrie Clinic had to continue to go in and provide medical services to our community without knowing what they would run into,” said Harer. “We wanted them to know how much we appreciate them.”
“When this first started we were expecting a surge,” said Guthrie employee Kristine Tofts. “But thankful it didn’t turn into one.”
Harer and her team brainstormed together and came up with the idea to give gift certificates from local restaurants. That way it would help those local businesses during the time of crisis and shut down.
They approached some of the restaurants in Troy, including Vinnie’s, Vinnie’s II, Moose’s Munchies, Building No. 9 Grille, MR J’s, East Troy Diner and Stella’s.
Twenty-five Guthrie Clinic employees came down to State Farm to receive their thanks and a small token of appreciation. Once there, each one popped a balloon containing a number. The number matched a numbered envelope “leaf” hanging on a white tree. Each “leaf” envelope contained two gift certificates to local restaurants.
“We appreciate this very much,” said Kendra Jenkins.
“We’re very appreciative for their thoughtfulness to help us,” said LuAnn Sakers. “And support the community.”
“We at State Farm are just thankful we can do this for some of the most deserving people I know,” said Stephanie Harer. “And help some of the small businesses.”
“As a good neighbor,” said Jackie McCoon. “That’s why we’re here.”