Communities and businesses across the world are having a challenging time navigating the coronavirus outbreak. In spite of that, it’s important to remember that kindness can be found everywhere you look! Here are just a few examples of your friends and neighbors taking that extra step.
If you have any more stories of Brooklyn Park residents or businesses going above and beyond, let us know on social media with #WeAreBrooklynPark!
Meals for families
ChueFeng Lee owns Locksmith Disciples on Xerxes Avenue in Brooklyn Park. Earlier this week, he posted on Facebook that he was offering free food at his business. Now, he’s expanded his goodwill to partner with nearby Thai Fusion to provide food to families in need.
“In this trying times, I choose to be positive,” said Lee. “I was taught to be this way.”
They will make turkey egg rolls, plus include an orange, apple, fruit snack, chips/crackers, and a beverage. Then, deliver to families and apartment buildings. They hope to give out at least 100 meals.
Face shield manufacturing
Diversified Plastics is working on several different projects related to COVID-19. The first one came about from a call to action from a news story requesting help producing one part of a face shield: the ‘halo’s that they are attached to. Diversified Plastics and several other companies saw the story on the national news and offered to 3D print halos.
After a couple of days, however, the company decided to expedite the process by designing and building a plastic injection mold. In just three days, the part design was created, the mold was designed and a steel tool was built to injection mold the halos. Under normal circumstances, this would have taken 3-5 weeks. As of today, Diversified Plastics have produced 7,000 pieces and will be molding more in the upcoming days!
Edoh Akakpo, owner of Tropical Foods Supermarket and the building at 2901 Brookdale Drive, has given away pounds of rice from the supermarket to over 100 people requesting food assistance so far. He is also working with and giving breaks to the approximately 20 small businesses in his building who are struggling to pay rent this month.
When asked if he had anything else to share, he said he appreciates all the City does and that he’s going to continue doing his best to support others.
MGK Insect Control Solutions has been supporting the community by ordering lunch from local businesses every day. Small businesses need a lot of help during this time, so if you have the means and want a good meal, try supporting a local restaurant!