GIVING BACK: Belinda Brewer and Kristy Larsen gave out free coffee and drinks to the staff of Coles.
GIVING BACK: Belinda Brewer and Kristy Larsen gave out free coffee and drinks to the staff of Coles.

Local business delivers free coffee to retail staff

WHEN B&B Fabrication owner Belinda Brewer walked the aisles of Coles, she noticed a “strained” feeling in customers and staff as the community battles with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rather than sit with the strain, the business owner decided to do something positive to give back to just a few unsung heroes in Dalby.

In collaboration with Kristy Larsen from The Mighty Bean coffee van, Ms Brewer and Ms Larsen gave out free coffee to Coles employees to thank them for their hard work over the last couple of weeks.

Ms Brewer described the gloomy atmosphere in local stores as “un-Australian” and decided she wanted to put a few smiles back on the faces of our customer service staff.

“I wanted them to know that they were appreciated, and every active member of the community is important,” she said.

“Without one the whole thing doesn’t flow so we just wanted them to know that they were important as well.”

A Coles Dalby spokeswoman said the staff appreciated the gesture after what has been a challenging few weeks.

“All the hours that we’ve been putting in in the last few weeks with everything going on and the fact that we are putting ourselves at risk serving customers and putting everything out for the customers and the community, it’s fantastic just to have that support,” she said.

“And coffee is always good.”

The spokeswoman told News despite a tough couple of weeks, the Coles customers overall were understanding of the situation, and staff had coped well with some unusual circumstances.

Ms Brewer said the gesture was not just about appreciating retail staff, but was also about injecting some positivity back into the community at a time where there is so much “doom and gloom”.

“Every email you open has something to do with COVID-19, so I just wanted to shine a light on something different in the community,” she said.

“I just want everyone to remember that we’re still a small community and to treat everyone nicely.

“Everyone is stressed and anxious … but just smiling and saying ‘g’day’ just makes someone’s day.”


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