EUGENE, Ore. -- When Governor Kate Brown ordered Oregonians to stay at home back in March, local restaurant owners had to find a way to keep their businesses alive.
Elk Horn Brewery and Cider House relied on a drive-up window. While Pig & Turnip in Springfield had a large amount of take-out, family style orders.
"We actually did not close one day during the entire thing," Natalie Sheild, owner of Pig & Turnip said.
The financial shortfalls were something that restaurants could not avoid.
Sheild says she had to lay off all, but one of her staff for two months.
"As somebody who got into small business not only to make money, but to also provide jobs to this community that was probably one of the worst days of my life," she said.
While devastation has hit the Eugene-Springfield community in a variety of ways during 2020, these restaurant owners believe it's up to them to step up and help those in need.
"We have so many resources at our fingertips that being able to connect to ways to help each other is I think part of my job," Sheild said.
At Elk Horn Brewery and Cider House, owner Stephen Sheehan is providing meals and gift cards to individuals who have been displaced by the fires.
'We know about being down and out," Sheehan said. "We've got a good lesson these last two weeks on faith, hope and love in our community."
Both Sheild and Sheehan say it's been remarkable to be apart of a large community movement to help those who have been impacted by the fires. If you'd like to help donate, you can contact Pig & Turnip, Elk Horn and numerous other restaurants by phone or social media to learn more.