RICHMOND, Va. -- Ironclad Coffee Roasters, with help from their Shockoe Bottom neighbors The Hodges Partnership, delivered six gallons of vacuum press cold coffee to doctors, nurses, at staff at nearby VCU Health in Richmond.
"The Hodges Partnership contacted us about sponsoring this first delivery, and it was great because we were already thinking on the same wavelength," Ironclad owner Ryan O’Rourke said. "We think it’s a worthy endeavor, so we will be continuing daily deliveries of our vacuum press cold coffee to these folks who are doing such important work for our community."
O’Rourke said Ironclad would pay for future coffee deliveries, while trying to stay in business, but is open to hearing from other companies willing to sponsor.
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Thanks to the generosity of our neighbors at @hodgespartnership (The Hodges Partnership), we delivered almost six gallons of our vacuum press cold coffee (made with our @groundcontrl machine) to the doctors, nurses, and support staff of the @vcuhealth emergency room just up the hill from our café. We think it’s a worthy endeavor, so we will be continuing daily deliveries of our vacuum press cold coffee (on our own dime) to these folks who are doing such important work for our community. 💜
The first delivery was made possible, in part, due to The Hodges Partnership's new #RVAThrive campaign. Every day, the Richmond-based public relations firm plans to support Richmond businesses who can then pay it forward to the people responding to the virus in Virginia.
"Since our team is working from home to do our part to #flattenthecurve, we might not be patronizing these businesses like we regularly would – but we want them to feel the love," Meg Irvin, with The Hodges Partnership said. "We’re going to buy a $100 gift card (or place an order) to five businesses and use them to pay it forward, coordinating a delivery to healthcare workers who are working hard to keep us all safe. We’ll announce a new local business we’re supporting every day next week and why our team loves them."
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