Rich Cantillion, president and CEO of the Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce shared some thoughts. He suggests:
Shop Ponca First – Many retailers have websites where you can buy online. If your favorite Ponca retailer does not have online, they may be willing to take an order over the phone and have it delivered.
Order to Go – Many of our local restaurants have drive up windows. Many are offering people the opportunity to call in with an order and then pick it up. Some will deliver. Just ask.
Keep Donating – If you are still working don’t forget about the many organizations serving Ponca City. They need your continued financial support. Our Church doors might be closed but they still need your contributions.
Collaboration – Let’s all work together to figure out how we can survive and thrive during this time. Share ideas with the Chamber Office, Main Street, PCDA and the City of Ponca City. Let’s get through this together!
Tip A Little Extra – If you are able to, please give a little more than normal. These service workers may not have the privilege of income security, and a little extra can go a long way.
Buy a Gift Card – Unable to shop or dine in right now? Buy a gift card from a local business to give to someone or to use later. For those not wanting to visit the store in person you can phone and pay over the phone and the gift card could be mailed to you.
Social Media – Be positive about shopping local and share with your friend’s various things you hear that support Ponca City.
Follow the Guidelines – Do what the CDC advises all of us to do. Avoid social gatherings, always practice good hygiene and stay home as much as possible.
Positive Thinking – Remember this will have an ending. Focus on what new activities you might be able to do. Have incredible family time. Are there home improvement projects that can be done? How about that TV show or movie you have been wanting to watch? Now is the time to catch up on your sleep.