Let's face it, if we think it's been tough on our for-profit businesses during this pandemic (which it has), think for just a moment how much this has affected Maine's not-for-profit businesses. The short answer? A lot.

However, Maine is a place where we take care of our own. We check on our neighbors, we lend a helping hand and, most importantly, we've always got each other's backs. There's no greater example of this then what just happened on the road a piece at the Skowhegan Animal Shelter.

Because of the pandemic, the shelter's typical fundraising year was, well, bleak at best. Many of the events and activities that the shelter does to help raise operating costs had to be tabled in 2020 due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. What does all this mean? It means the shelter hasn't been able to properly keep up on things that they really need. One of those things being a snowblower.

According to the Kennebec Journal, the Skowhegan Animal Shelter's existing snowblower had seen better days and was getting pretty worn out. And, as we Mainers know, a worn out snowblower just isn't gonna cut it in a New England winter. So the shelter reached out to the Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge to ask if they could help.

The short of it all is that the Lodge quickly approved a $500 donation to the shelter and Renee Bristow, owner of R&B's Home Source and daughter of a Skowhegan-Madison Elk member, decided to donate the other $500. What an absolutely amazing story.

If you're thinking that you may have already heard about this, there's a solid chance that you have. This series of events unfolded months ago with the new snowblower being delivered on November, 13 2020. However, it's one of those things that no matter when it happened, it still serves as a solid reminder of just how tight-knit these Maine communities are.

It doesn't matter who you love, who you vote for or the color of your skin. What matters is that we're Mainers. And Mainers take care of each other over everything else.

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