A great way to begin planning for when we can all be out and about again is by purchasing gift certificates or by supporting local employee aid and fund-raising efforts, if you can. Such gestures will help individual businesses (and their employees) now so that you can visit them again in the future.

We’re gathered a few options to get you started. Of course, there are many that can use the help right now, so please think about visiting the websites and Facebook pages of your favorite local retailers and restaurants.

Punta Gorda retail shop Hipnotique Boutique, in addition to offering pick up and shipping of their products, has partnered with one of their vendors to offer masks (made in the US), and 20% of all sales will be collected for their Employee Fund! They're offering a wide variety of colors and patterns in both adult and children’s sizes. The adult masks are $10, and the children's sizes are $8

Although King Fisher Fleet is temporarily closed, they’re offering a great bargain that will give you something to look forward to while also helping them weather this storm (as it were). Their Gift Certificate Bonus Program rewards each gift certificate purchase with one free Sunset Cruise pass ($24 value) for every $50 spent on gift certificates! Purchase in any combination of amounts. Each Sunset Cruise pass is valid for 1 adult or child admission on any public Sunset Cruise, valid through November 30, 2021 and purchased gift certificates can be used on any sightseeing cruise, fishing charter, or annual pass purchase.

The Perfect Caper, while closed, is using this time to organize and refurbish their restaurant to increase comfort at safe distances. Even more exciting, Chef Jeanie has been busy with new menu items as well as assisting home chefs with recipes from her book BUTTER LOVE AND CREAM on Instagram @chefjeanieroland). The book is available on their website. More importantly, they’re still focused on raising money for their team. They ask, if you are able, that you visit their Go Fund Me campaign and consider a donation

Visit this post called "Delicious Charlotte County Adventures" to find additional resources for purchasing dining gift cards. 

It’s been said many times, because it’s true: we can get through this together.

Stay safe, everyone!