Businesses pay back support

Published 9:09 pm Thursday, August 23, 2012

Suffolk is lucky to have a bevy of businesses that believe in the value of supporting the communities that support them.

The QVC shipping warehouse, which mails products from the home-shopping channel all around the world from its location in the Wilroy Industrial Park, recently donated five iPads to the Suffolk Police Department.

The department plans to stock its specialized units, such as the mobile command bus, with the iPads, which can be helpful in the case of a critical incident. They contain a number of features that can be vital when minutes count, such as 4G capability, the ability to shoot video and show topographical maps of an area, and more.

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Last week, staff members at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation — Nansemond Pointe gave their show of support to first responders when they cooked food and served all firefighters and police officers who came to the facility on Friday.

They were the most recent examples of Suffolk businesses supporting the community for no other reason than because it’s the right thing to do. But they were far from the only ones.

From building playsets for local children and donating game systems to homes for the elderly to sending speakers to school career days and sponsoring charity events or youth sports teams, businesses all over the city are helping improve the community each and every day.

Some might argue they’re doing it for the publicity or because people who support that cause might be more likely to support the business. While community involvement is likely to result in increased business, many business owners just believe they should give back to the community that is helping them survive and even thrive in these tough times. And that’s something to be celebrated.