Could it be Jodi?
Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce leader Jodi Baker Lewis got in her workshop to create a little idea to help during Governor Tom Wolf's latest mitigation effort shutdown. "Amazon doesn’t need your support right now, but our local businesses do!" she exclaimed in a press release.
"Local businesses are doing everything they can to keep their doors open and offer unique gift items this holiday season. These businesses are a crucial piece of the bigger picture that makes our region such a great place to live and work." she said.
This has been a difficult year for local businesses due to the virus and many area activities driving people to Franklin to shop. In March the stay at home orders left downtown Franklin a near ghost town. Lewis said the businesses are struggling with financial uncertainty and though the chamber's mantra is always "shop local," she says this "plea is more urgent now than it has ever been before."
And though she says there is no one magic touch of the side of Santa's nose to make everything better, she hopes one small gesture can go a long way.
The "Chamber Carriage" was born in hopes area businesses might find it easier to provide their goods to area shoppers who might not want to go out shopping. Shopping at local stores online or by calling for favorite items will be easier thanks to the chamber will offering free local delivery for purchases from downtown Franklin stores.
Folks placing an order at a local business between now and Sunday can have them delivered to their door for free within a 10-mile radius of Franklin. Lewis, and others if needed, will deliver purchases beginning Friday and will work all weekend through Monday night to help get items to their destination.
"We cannot deliver food or alcohol, but we can deliver gift certificates from your favorite restaurants," Lewis added
Purchases must be completed over the phone with the businesses - the Chamber won't be handling money exchanges. The stores will let the chamber know when and where their goods can be delivered.
"We will consolidate the items and make safe, contactless delivery of your items all at once. You can stay inside, finish your shopping, and support local! Everybody wins!" Lewis said.
Lewis also added that the chamber Facebook page will be a flurry of activity all week with featured gifts.
Businesses interested in the "Chamber Carriage" service can contact Lewis at 432-5823.