Here for Good Georgia Helps Lift Our Community

As the pandemic impacts businesses across the globe, a new movement has started. That movement is called Here for Good and has grown across 34 states, including Georgia. Our local campaign, Here for Good Georgia, is helping to lift our community in Newton County. It’s a movement to keep small mom and pop businesses Here for Good.

Many businesses are struggling through these unprecedented times. When the Governor issued a State of Emergency, essential businesses were able to continue working while others arranged for employees to work remotely. However, many other businesses temporarily closed. Even if they didn’t completely close, the majority are experiencing revenue loss. As many start to reopen, some are waiting until the State of Emergency expires.

Keep Small Businesses Here for Good

If you are one of the many people who are anxious to go to your favorite restaurants, retail stores, salons, gyms, and other businesses, you can help keep them in our community by showing support through the Here for Good Georgia campaign. With your help, our small businesses can offset the burden of lost revenue, recover from the hardship brought on by the pandemic, and reopen to the public. Through the Here for Good Georgia campaign, a small business receives $10 for every t-shirt sold. This is a great way to support your favorite, local mom and pop businesses that you can’t visit right now so that they will be here the next time you are in Newton County!

"Many small businesses have had to close their doors and this has left many of us feeling scared and uncertain of what our future holds. Our family has been impacted too. This is why we brought this campaign, which is a nationwide movement currently in 34 states, to the state of Georgia. We want to help all small businesses in our state get back on their feet again. Even when the shelter at home orders are lifted, it's going to take a long time for all of us to recover," said Shelley Reagin, co-owner of Rush Tees. Together, Shelly Reagin and Taylor Barnett initiated Here for Good Georgia.

A Simple Way to Support Businesses

The way it works is simple. Visit to place your t-shirt order. Select the color and size, select the business you want to help from the drop down menu, and make your payment. You get a super soft premium t-shirt and the business of your choice receives $10 to help them pay their bills.

Many businesses have signed up to participate in the campaign. The list is long and varied. Businesses in Newton County that are signed up include Mystic Falls Tours with Vampire Stalkers, La Boheme Salon and Spa, Animal Medical of Covington, Crossfit Unyielding, Your Sister’s Closet, Moxie Fitness, WildArt, Maddie Mae Toys, and so many more. If you don’t see the business you want to support, let them know by sharing this information. You can also tag them on Facebook with #HereForGoodGA. You’ll be their hero!

Newton County small businesses are fighters and stand strong even in the uncertainty of COVID-19. That doesn’t mean they haven’t been affected. The pandemic has affected everyone in some way or another. Small businesses have seen tremendous changes, from reduced hours to remote working and layoffs. Restaurants have converted to drive-thru service or pickup orders only, and a few started to reopen their dining rooms. Some retail stores have started selling essential products to stay valid. A continuum of businesses will reopen as each day goes by. But almost one thing is certain, all small businesses are struggling with reduced revenue.

The best way to keep small businesses here for good is by frequenting their establishments. When you can’t do that, order online if that is possible. By purchasing a Here for Good Georgia t-shirt, they have another income source that can add up to help them pay bills. In addition, let others know about them and our movement by sharing the hashtag #HereForGoodGA.

This is not a short-term movement. This is a movement that is here to stay, with a long-term goal to continuously emphasize supporting small mom and pop stores in our community. They are not just running a business; they are also trying to raise a family and support the community. Even when ordinances are lifted, the revenue is already lost and businesses will be making changes that cost money to protect their employees, vendors and clients, as well as others in their circles. This campaign is exceeding expectations and can really do great things!

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