As temperatures drop and the hardships that have come with dealing with Covid-19 continue to take their toll, The Refinery in Newburgh is offering their Cup of Cheer giveback -- Just buy a cup of coffee for anyone in need and the free coupon will be hung up on an ornament on their tree inside - waiting to be cashed in.
"We've done things from a tired nurse you know, the nurses are just doing an amazing job with everything,” said Sarah Kendall, assistant manager at The Refinery. “We've had people donate for a stressful college student, you know finals are coming up to a tired mother -- Just people who may need a pick me up throughout their day just to get through you know even just tomorrow.”
One woman who owns a bridal shop just across the street, purchased a cup of coffee for any bride dealing with the stresses of trying to plan a wedding during a pandemic.
"I think everybody in all walks of life are dealing with extra stress this year,” said Andrea Whitehead, the owner of The House of White. “And I think just more of the little random acts of kindness that we can do for one another to lift people's spirits, and just give them a little bright spot in their day.”
Kendall says she is grateful for the community’s support.
"It really warms our heart and you know and that was the whole reason why we wanted to do this,” she said. “Just too you know, help somebody get through 2020 and just bring a little joy to their day."