Today’s act of kindness is to shop local. Bonus points if you can organize some friends in a covid-safe way to shop with you!
You may be wondering, “How is shopping at a local store an act of kindness?”
Shopping at locally-owned stores stimulates the local economy. For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.
Local businesses create community. They donate more to non-profits. They have better customer service, more specialized knowledge, and are more likely to have that certain something you can’t find on the web. Plus, purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the local tax base.
Today we challenge you to shop at a local store. Maybe you try out that small, neighbourhood grocery you pass by on the way home, or you get a head start on your holiday shopping and go to an independent shop. Maybe you try out your local coffee shop instead of going to Starbucks. You have the power to vote with your wallet.
If today challenges you to do anything, I hope it plants the seed that we can think globally and act locally.