*This update was previously emailed to our customers.
To our friends and neighbors:
Many of you have asked how my family and I are getting on with the current world conditions. The fact that you took the time to think of us is a heartwarming proof of the goodness endowed in mankind. We thank you 😊.
Let me start by saying this: We are doing quite well given the current circumstances.
The outbreak of COVID-19 certainly is no laughing matter. Every business I'm involved in is projecting about a 50% dropoff in sales and / or production. More importantly, hundreds of thousands around the world are at high risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from this disease.
How This Affects Us
As some of you know, my family and I have a unique situation. I have a young son who is quarantined under high-risk for Coronavirus. As such, we have to be hyper-vigilant (moreso than most) with isolation, cleanliness and the all-important social distancing. Surely due in part to these precautions, none of us have fallen ill.
How This Affects You
In case you're wondering if we will remain open - yes we will. Business is inevitably slow. But we're not shutting our doors.
I (and I believe you) have approached each day with a fair amount of uncertainty over the past few months. But I think you can safely join in my confidence that we will get through this tough time through faith and cooperation, and we'll come out of the other end better for having survived it.
What We're Doing to Help
Besides sending digital love to our loved ones - (surely you have called, texted, Skyped and ZOOMed more people in the past month than any other 😄), we've added a small feature to our website.
This is what's new: Right now 5% of an order that's placed automatically go the COVID-19 relief fund.
This is part of a national effort to fund masks and other PPE for medical workers, Coronavirus testing for citizens, and food relief for those under quarantine or with limited mobility.
Believe me - this is nothing to toot any horns about. No horns are to be tooted. This is an embarrassingly small drop in a very robust bucket.
I try to remember though, that many tiny drops make a torrent.
I should add - for those of you that don't know us personally - we're probably among the most OCD families in the universe right now. So just know that any order that leaves our premises has been extremely isolated, sanitized and packed by extremely sanitized hands and/or gloves 😊.
Take care and stay safe,