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Helping hands: Benefit for small businesses

Helping hands: Benefit for small businesses

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With the coronavirus impacting life across the nation and around the world, communication is a priority. We're compiling a guide to keep readers updated about fundraisers, volunteer efforts and other activities addressing the situation in St. Louis. Send tips to

Small business benefit • A virtual telethon will be this weekend to benefit small businesses in the St. Louis area. Organized by NexCore St. Louis, StreamathonSTL has a fundraising goal of $100,000. One hundred local businesses are to be awarded $1,000 each.

The 32-hour telethon starts at 4 p.m. April 10. It will be streamed live on Facebook and Instagram and at Entertainment will include musicians, comedians, cooking demonstrations and fitness tips. For information about donating or applying for funds or participating in the event, go to
Face masks for the homeless • Nano-Lending, a nonprofit organization, is offering resources to get face masks to the homeless. Sewing machines and fabric are provided to shelters and other organizations addressing homelessness, along with hand soap and non-touch thermometers. Nano-Lending may be contacted at To donate to Nano-Lending, visit

Gratitude Blend • Kaldi's Coffee has launched a new product to benefit the Gateway Resilience Fund. Proceeds from sales of one-pound bags of Gratitude Blend will be donated to the fund, which provides financial relief to employees and owners of independent St. Louis area bars, restaurants and shops. The coffee is available for purchase at

Pre-packaged food • The Salvation Army is offering help to communities in Missouri and southern Illinois impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pre-packaged food that minimizes person-to-person contact is distributed at area locations. For more information, go to

Bring the baby • Emergency diapers are available to families through a partnership between St. Louis County Library and the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank. Diapers for children age 3 and under are distributed in packages of 25 between 10 a.m. and noon each Friday in the parking lots at four library branches: Florissant Valley, Lewis & Clark, Natural Bridge and Weber Road. A child must be present. Donations of diapers are also accepted. Period supply kits are also available from the St. Louis Alliance of Period Supplies. More information:

Supplies needed • BJC HealthCare is accepting donations of items helpful in battling the coronavirus pandemic. High-priority items include surgical masks and respirators, thermometers, disposable isolation gowns, goggles, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. A list of locations accepting donations is at

Delivering help • Lunches for Clinicians is an initiative to help both healthcare workers and local restaurants through purchasing and delivering meals. To donate to the group, visit

Relief for artists • The Regional Arts Commission, in collaboration with the St. Louis Community Foundation, has established the RAC Artist Relief Fund. The fund is being launched with a $100,00 donation to "help artists whose creative practices and incomes have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic." For more information, go to

Giving a hand • Bee Naturals, a Clarksville-based company that makes skin- and body-care products, is delivering free gallons of hand sanitizer to first responders. Recipients have included St. Louis and Berkley police, healthcare workers at area hospitals and St. Louis University international students. More information:

Social distancing, island style • Big Muddy Adventures is asking for pledges of $1, $5 or $10 for each day that its founder, Michael F. Clark, remains on "Quarantine Island" somewhere on the Mississippi River. Proceeds go to the Gateway Resilience Fund. For information about how to make a pledge, go to

Hunger relief • Operation Food Search, a nonprofit hunger relief organization, is in need of funding and food donations. Contributions may be made at

Beer for a good cause • Schlafly has come up with a brew to benefit the hospitality industry. Side Work, described as a "hazy IPA," is available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans. Proceeds from sales of the beer will be donated to the Gateway Resilience Fund. Side Work will be available for purchase in early April at Schlafly brewpubs. For beer orders, call 314-241-2337.

Support local breweries • During this pandemic, two local breweries would appreciate your support. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. is accepting donations to benefit its employees. Go to International Tap House in Soulard is also fundraising for its workers at

Auction goes online • St. Louis Crisis Nursery has canceled the Razzle Dazzle Ball, which was to be held April 4. But a fundraising auction that was planned for the event is being conducted online. Proceeds benefit children and families who come to the nursery for help. The auction is open through 10 a.m. April 6. To participate:

Help for SIUE students • The campaign is accepting donations on behalf of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students facing financial challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information:

4 Hands for Hands • Two-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer are available at 4 Hands Brewery while supplies last. Donations to a GoFundMe campaign benefiting employees and owners of local, independent bars, restaurants and shops are suggested. Find more information at

Gateway Resilience Fund • The Gateway Resilience Fund, organized by the St. Louis Community Foundation, is accepting donations and applications. The fund provides monetary relief to employees and owners of independent bars, restaurants and shops in the St. Louis area. More information:

Good for the Grove • Sean Baltzell, Matt Leach and Mike Palermo of Takashima Records have established a GoFundMe campaign to benefit bar and restaurant service workers in the Grove neighborhood. Donations are 100% tax deductible, and the goal is to raise $25,000. Money will go toward support efforts and preparation of daily meals for affected workers. More information:

PPE for STL • A Facebook group has been organized to distribute personal protection equipment and medical supplies to healthcare professionals during the coronavirus pandemic. Find more information at

St. Louis Artist Relief Fund • Jessica Pautler, Jeremy Goldmeier and Kyle Kratky have established a GoFundMe campaign for the financial support of artists whose livelihoods have been threatened by the spread of the coronavirus. More information:

St. Louis Arts and Music Fund • Ben Majchrzak of Native Sound Recording has established the St. Louis Arts and Music Fund, a GoFundMe campaign benefiting musicians and artists in need. Find more information at

Topograph • Topograph has launched a campaign to raise money for employees of the food and beverage industry, in 10 cities including St. Louis. Proceeds from the sale of T-shirts will go into city-specific relief funds. Find more information at

UCPH Emergency Relief Fund • UCP Heartland is accepting donations to fight the impact of COVID-19 on individuals with developmental disabilities and health professionals through its UCPH Emergency Relief Fund. Donations of $50 are suggested. Learn more at

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