To the Editor:
You see “these faces” running fundraisers for the local schools. You see “these faces” not only sponsoring local youth activities, but coaching, directing and participating in these activities.
You see “these faces” on local boards such as the Boys and Girls Club, the Fair Board, the Homecare and Hospice Board and many others that help Manhattan be the dynamic, growing community that it is. You see “these faces” letting a high school student off work at the last minute because his or her teacher just scheduled an extra study session. In fact, one of “these faces” will probably cover the employee’s shift.
Who are “these faces”? These are the small business owners in and around our community. Look around, you see them everywhere you go. These are “the faces” of the first people called when a volunteer is needed. These are “the faces” that are contacted every day (sometimes multiple times a day) for donations and door prizes for raffles and fundraisers. These are “the faces” that hire local youth to give them a start in the working world. “These faces” deliver Meals on Wheels and visit people in our community who cannot get out. These are “the faces” who will deliver that gift to you at the last minute when you find out what you ordered online isn’t coming.
“These faces” support the community, and in return ask for the community to support them. During this busy shopping season, please shop at your local home owned businesses, support “these faces” so they can continue to support you. Participate in Small Business Saturday, promoted by American Express, this Saturday. Let’s make every shopping day a Small Business Saturday in our community.
We are proud to have sup-ported our community for more than 50 years.
Karen and Brad Streeter
Streeter Family Businesses
Vista Drive In, Baskin Robbins, Kansas Kollection,
1911 Tuttle Creek Blvd.