Good deeds are taking place all throughout the Metroplex. Whether it's direct support to healthcare workers, relief to help the community or resources to help take the sting out of social distancing, they're all causes you'll want to support.
Eating well has never felt better. The Original ChopShop, known for its healthy, feel-good salads, bowls and parfaits, not only delivers meals to DFW hospitals each week, it lets you do the same—when diners head to the website, they can choose to send a meal directly to a healthcare worker. In addition, healthcare workers who show their IDs in-store receive 50 percent off their purchases.
Innovation lab Front Burner Restaurants, LLC offers a ray of hope for furloughed hospitality workers. Through Furlough Kitchen, it provides furloughed hospitality workers one free meal a day, no matter their former employer. The curbside service is located in East Dallas and open six days a week.
Mi Dia from Scratch
This family-style Mexican restaurant has made some changes to help support its workers' families and neighbors in need. Any tips on delivery items go directly to its workers, and they've lowered costs to encourage patrons to pay it forward with a meal for another.
Help feed your community through weekly events or dining out with TangoTab. Visit its Feed the City page to find locations to drop off items such as meat, cheese and bread, or download the app and use it at a partner restaurant—and a free meal is automatically donated to a person in need.
Fort Worth artisanal brand TX Whiskey shifted production from spirits to sanitizer in March 2020 to address the nation's need for medical-grade sanitizer. It's going full speed ahead, producing 800 gallons of santizer in their first week, distributing it first to Fort Worth first responders.
Shop for a Cause
Centre x Ezekiel Elliott
Now's the time to snag some merchandise from Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's clothing line; 100 percent of proceeds now support the North Texas Food Bank. Find the collection at streetwear shop Centre.
Live to Give
Dallas-based Live to Give makes purified water enhanced with electrolytes and is sold on Amazon; it's helping the community by providing bottled water to healthcare workers on the frontline and have also been donating to the Dallas Independent School District. For every purchase Live to Give donates 50 percent of profits to organizations that support first responders.
Galleria Dallas is using its resources to make a difference in many different ways. The alterations department at its Nordstrom store has called back its seamstresses to create 100,000 medical masks for Providence Health. Graphic-design retailer Bullzerk has created T-shirts from which 100 percent of the proceeds go to those in the service industry. The shopping center is sending out messages of encouragement in lieu of billboard advertising. And its home page encourages visitors to support local nonprofits through the Communites Foundation of Texas.
Couture designer Nardos Imam is using the talents of herself and her team to produce washable masks to hospital workers free of charge. She produced the first 3,000 masks from her own materials, before an additional retailer, Mizzen+Main, gave bolts of fabric to help the cause. For those who wish to donate, she's set up a GoFundMe campaign to source materials.
Alice + Olivia
Also providing fashionable, washable masks is Alice + Olivia. The brand's iconic "Stace Face" print (in honor of founder Stacey Bendet) graces the mask; for every mask sold, the company is donating one to communities in need.
Keeping the Arts Alive
AT&T Performing Arts Center
April would have been Dallas Arts Month. You can't congregate, but you can take in as much as possible thanks to the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Virtual Culture Calendar. Plays, dance classes, book clubs and pop-up events—it's all here and more.
Fort Works Art
In offering financial support to its artists, Fort Works Art is waiving all commissions on artwork under $1,600 through the end of April. For pieces that are more than $1,600, the artist will receive the first $1,600 commission free, with the remainder subject to a fee.
Dallas Art Fair Online
The Dallas Art Fair has been rescheduled to October 2020 because of COVID-19, but with the Dallas Art Fair Online, collectors can preview and buy pieces digitally before the physical event takes place. Check out the entire gallery list here.
Dallas Theater Center
Help keep this organization financially viable and make it easy for its performers to return to the stage once social distancing is a thing of the past by donating to the Bounce Back Fund.
Hotel Rooms for Healthcare Workers
The Statler is becoming the home away from home for the Metroplex's many medical workers. The downtown hotel has designated two floors where medical professionals can stay for free during the COVID-19 crisis. The workers will also receive meal vouchers for a box breakfast, lunch and dinner.