While neighbors, friends and loved ones are working on the frontlines of this pandemic, it can be hard to find ways to show gratitude while social distancing.

Here are creative ways you can support local business while saying “thank you” to essential workers. Plus, local businesses that are offering discounts and services for necessary workers.

Purchase a gift card

Sending an e-gift card is a great way to show your appreciation to frontline workers. Many restaurants and businesses are running deals on gift cards for you to take advantage of:

Donate a meal

If you are looking for a way to help and want to reach more individuals, ResQ BBQ in Leesburg, Va. is accepting meal donations for INOVA medical workers and local first responders. Additionally, Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm in Ashburn, Va. has partnered with local restaurant chain Founding Farmers through Food It Forward, a program that allows customers to purchase meals to be donated to individuals experiencing financial hardship while helping to protect restaurant jobs.

Are you an essential worker? See how these businesses are lending a helping hand through their goods and services:

  • Kidtime Christian Academy in Hamilton, Va. is providing a 10% discount on childcare for all essential families.
  • Does your furry friend still need daycare while you go to work? Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates in Purcellville, Va. is offering 50% off pet boarding and daycare for first responders, medical workers, and teachers.
  • If you are an essential worker who is worried about bringing the virus home, Goodstone Inn in Middleburg, Va. is offering overnight accommodations to workers who have to be away from their families.
  • Vision Montessori is offering a 10% discount to families who are essential and mission critical that need childcare.

Find out more about special promotions from local businesses:

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