Optometrist resends city grant to help another business
Dr. Tony Turin of Mt. Hood Eye Care was grateful in April to receive an emergency small business grant from the city of Sandy. From March 23 through May 1, Turin had to close his business amid COVID-19 concerns and restrictions.
However, after reopening in May and receiving a delayed Payroll Protection Program loan, Turin decided to pay the city's kindness forward and resend the grant money so it could be given to another business in need.
"I was very thankful the city was willing to offer this program," Turin said. "I think it's a reflection of us and the hometown feel."
Turin noted that his grandparent and parents both ran small businesses and "taught me to give back to the community that supports your business," so he felt this act was living up to his family's morals.
"We're a relatively healthy business," Turin said, noting that not all businesses got to reopen as he did in May. "We thought we were probably through the worst of (this crisis business-wise). I thought that was a way I could have easily given back."
Business is still not 100%, of course, because there are still restrictions and additional sanitation to implement to avoid transmission of COVID-19. Turin estimated his business is running at about 75% and through that he's been able maintain staff and hours while also spacing out patients.
"I want to also say thank you to the business community and those who've supported us," Turin added. "And thank you to the city. I thought it was a huge gesture in a time of need."
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