How Small Businesses Give Back
December 17, 2020
While 2020 has brought unique challenges to all, the desire to give back to our community remains strong. People from all walks of life are finding creative ways to support those in need, including our community’s small businesses.
Stacy Levinson, owner of the Columbia clothing store Brittons, is one small business owner leading the way in giving back despite the challenges small businesses are facing today. Stacy inherited the giving mentality from her family, which has been a part of the South Carolina business community for nearly 100 years. “Being a family-owned business, you are a part of the community. We have always believed in being charitable, but this year, especially because everyone needs extra help,” said Levinson.
With the new challenges brought on by COVID-19, Stacy and her husband, Perry Lancaster, have engaged their customers by selling South Carolina-made masks and raising money for a fund for teachers. “Since we’ve reopened in March, we’ve tried to figure out ways to give back. I believe that people like to come together during hard times and be a part of their community,” said Levinson. The money raised has gone directly back to teachers of neighboring schools. During the holiday season, Brittons will be selecting a different charity every week to honor and support through their sales.
Stacy and Perry have partnered with Central Carolina Community Foundation to expand their charitable outreach for several years. “Central Carolina Community Foundation has widened the scope of our charitable giving, helping to connect us with organizations we might have overlooked otherwise,” said Levinson. A few of the many causes they have supported through the years include Senior Resources, Harvest Hope, and The Animal Mission.