In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, however, we chose to close our store's doors to help protect the community that we love, and now must keep it closed. It is unclear when we will be able to open our doors again. Even though we have been required to close our doors, we are doing everything we can do to keep our small business afloat, to continue to support the needs of our community and supporters, and to continue to support our staff for as long as we are able. Lauren has been continuing storytimes each day at 11AM (PST) via Facebook , Diane is posting craft videos for you to do at home, and we're trying hard to record new episodes of Reading Bug Adventures from home. We are also fulfilling orders for Care Packages and special orders for our customers through our website and continuing to send our custom Bug Boxes to our subscribers all over the country. In a business where margins are already tight, the closure of our brick and mortar store is straining our resources as we work to continue to pay rent, utilities, and publishers and to support our dedicated staff through these trying times. We know that our store will face rent increases in the future, and money that had been set aside to help us remain in our current location after those increases is now being spent to sustain us through this crisis.
We know that there are many important causes that need support right now. Please, donate what you can, wherever you can - as we all face uncertainty in our future. And, if you choose to donate to us, in any amount, we are truly grateful.
The funds given to this campaign will go towards near-term rent, salaries, employee healthcare, vendor and utility payments and will help us continue to be a part of the community for many years to come.
Thank you for your continued support, your kind words through this difficult time, and for keeping us in your community and in your lives.
- Stephanie Yang
- BethAnn Chamberlain
- Kristina Ho
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