Supporting our neighbors is a tradition ingrained into small-town life. Unlike the larger populations, close-knit communities pay attention to the struggles of others, and even if the majority is unaware, a great deal of caring is going on right under our noses.

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed and is still claiming its victims. The most notable, important, and impactful are the lives of those loved ones who are no longer with us which is an unspeakable tragedy. Other losses include jobs, connections with family and friends, and that of our “mom & pop” businesses who are on the edge of toppling over, sending the “dream” into the depths of destruction.

A Chamber of Commerce tasks itself with highlighting business and industry. It’s the leading agency, especially in a small town, connecting our needs and those who provide for them, growing a flourishing community. But it’s been hard in 2020. With mandates issued in the name of protection, they have, unfortunately, accomplished quite the opposite for some who depend on that “coming together” to make it.

The Logan County Chamber wants to help.

It’s that time of year as the decorations go up that shopping for our friends and family begins. Keeping it local can truly mean keeping dinner on the table for some. Taking your dollars and spending them locally can not only be a Christmas present for your loved one but also for that business owner who is hoping you’ll come through their door or order a meal through your phone.

As we bring this difficult year to a close, we want to be especially mindful of our small businesses and how much they need our support. Because of this need, the Logan Chamber is hosting a contest. If you shop 10 small businesses of your choice in Logan County by Dec. 25th, you can be entered into a drawing giving you a chance to win a $100 plus value gift basket.

All you need to do is get a game card that you will take with you when you shop. Either get one by visiting the Chamber’s Facebook page, click the link, and download or visit the Chamber office on the square in Russellville and pick one up. It’s that easy! When you shop, have the cashier write the business name, the purchase amount, and the date on the card. Fill all 10 boxes with different businesses for your chance to win. Return this card to the Logan County Chamber of Commerce by Dec. 30th. The drawing will be held on Dec. 31st.

“We come to you Logan County with grateful hearts and a huge thank you to everyone that has continued to support us as your Chamber of Commerce and our local businesses this year, in spite of all that we’ve been through, together,” said Karen Logan, Executive Director of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce. “With closures, curb-side, drive-thru, and to-go now more common than ever before, it’s harder on the bottom line for our small businesses if we do not continue to fight for them.

“Small businesses make up a large portion of every economy, they keep our locals employed and bring us so much enjoyment. They provide us with everything from basic needs, to gifts for our loved ones, allow us (on a normal year) to sit down with our family or a friend to have a meal, and invite visitors to come from out of town.

“So, here’s our urgent message this holiday season: PLEASE...SHOP SMALL and SHOP LOCAL! Let’s keep our small businesses in business and our tax dollars right here in Logan County where they will make the biggest impact in the area in which we live. It is more important than ever that we come together this year. If you’re not sure what to buy, purchase a gift card and let them decide. We encourage you to visit LoganChamber.com/members to find a list of local businesses to get started.

“Thank you so much. You are amazing. Merry Christmas friends.”

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