Pay it forward: Order 'Joe to Go' for our front-line workers

For the helpers of the world, it can be difficult to figure out how to be of service during these uncertain times, especially while maintaining social distancing.

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Dayton Real Estate Crush, a fledgling female-founded real estate team with Home Experts Realty, has been hosting events quarterly to give back to nonprofits in the community. "We have a shared love of helping people find homes and a shared vision to give back," team founder Elizabeth Cooper explained.

Collectively the group was feeling pretty helpless when coronavirus became an issue locally. They wanted to do something, however small, to show their appreciation for those working around the clock to keep us safe.

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They came up with the idea of "Pay it forward: Joe to Go for our front-line workers," a partnership with Dayton's own coffee roaster, Boston Stoker.

Daytonians are encouraged to purchase a 96-ounce "Joe to Go" carryout coffee dispenser ($20), and they'll deliver it to our nurses, doctors, and emergency workers. Plus, they'll match a Joe to Go for every one purchased!

Michael Brown, the senior vice president at Boston Stoker, agrees that a simple “thank you” goes a long way. “That's just what we are trying to do with our partnership with Dayton Real Estate Crush ... just with coffee!”

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Cooper describes how this all came together: “We were fortunate to be able to partner with Boston Stoker who has incredible coffee and shares the desire to thank our health care workers. We quickly came together and decided to match every community coffee donation with an additional donation.”

At a time when we can’t physically reach out to each other, this is a way to show you care. “I consider it a virtual coffee hug,” Cooper continued. “The response has been heartwarming! And on a personal note, it’s incredible to focus on something positive in this uncertain time. And Boston Stoker has been incredible. I loved their coffee before, but now I’m a forever fan.”

Here's where you can order a "Joe to Go":

Dunkin' (formerly Dunkin' Donuts) in Oxford extended their generosity as well. Pat Burtis, general manager, passed out six dozen donuts and two boxes of coffee at McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford. "We are here to support those who are on the front lines," a spokeswoman for the southwest Ohio franchisee of Dunkin' Donuts said.

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