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Fort Wayne Together: Community unites to help businesses and health care workers during coronavirus pandemic

Old Fort Soap Company continues making face masks and soap goodie bags for health care workers and the public, while Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana teams with Headwaters Lifestyle Company to help local restaurants and bars.

Posted: Apr 19, 2020 9:22 AM
Updated: Apr 19, 2020 9:38 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The COVID-19 pandemic is a heavy weight to bear. 

Especially for small businesses. 

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Bethany Ballard, owner of Headwaters Lifestyle Company, says, “I knew that I wanted to do something when COVID-19 hit our community and do something to lift people's spirits.”

Ballard realized the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana started a locally trending hashtag on Instagram and Facebook, #FortWayneTogether, and reached out to them seeing what could be done to help the community. 

The response was overwhelming. 

The partnership generated t-shirts with the logo "Fort Wayne Together," prompting over 340 shirts being shipped as of April 18. 

The money obtained for each t-shirt goes toward a local business, most notably restaurants and bars that need funding to sustain them. 

The Old Fort Soap Company shares the same sentiment for the community. 

Co-owner, Hagan Amburgey, knows the company's handmade masks are crucial for health care workers who've picked them up with gratitude from the curbside service. 

Amburgey says, "We know that when you have to go to work, especially in a time like this, to be able to have masks to protect yourself so you can keep going to work and remain healthy is very important.”

The crew at Old Fort Soap continues to make face masks and hand sanitizers now optional for the public to acquire for their health.

But like most of us, they miss when we could be clean and be together. 

Amburgey says, “It would be nice to have that back where nobody’s fearful of losing somebody they love.”

If you'd like to contribute to a local business by joining the #FortWayneTogether t-shirt initiative, click here

If you'd like a face mask or hand sanitizer from Old Fort Soap (inventory being updated), click here

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 658043

Reported Deaths: 12467
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Marion902221628
Lake48163871
Allen35614632
Hamilton31884394
St. Joseph29615510
Elkhart25291412
Vanderburgh21148377
Tippecanoe19815197
Johnson16262353
Porter15867268
Hendricks15744297
Clark11860179
Madison11688315
Vigo11520228
Monroe10267158
Delaware9800178
LaPorte9725194
Howard9024194
Kosciusko8519107
Bartholomew7394147
Warrick7380147
Hancock7379128
Floyd7149165
Wayne6597189
Grant6406157
Morgan6044124
Boone604188
Dubois5876111
Dearborn541266
Henry539892
Marshall5397104
Cass538999
Noble507575
Jackson462663
Shelby458890
Lawrence4161111
Gibson400581
Harrison395960
Clinton393353
DeKalb382878
Montgomery382883
Miami355163
Knox354484
Whitley347235
Huntington339276
Steuben336355
Wabash329575
Putnam326559
Ripley325261
Adams320749
Jasper313643
White295651
Jefferson293270
Daviess284496
Fayette270555
Decatur269688
Greene260278
Posey260031
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Scott248947
LaGrange240270
Clay239444
Randolph225076
Spencer216130
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Washington208727
Sullivan202239
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Starke186450
Owen181652
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Jay177328
Carroll175718
Perry172635
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Parke138415
Pike127232
Blackford120327
Pulaski106243
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Brown94839
Benton91213
Crawford90113
Martin80014
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Warren74712
Union66810
Ohio52811
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Cases: 959995

Reported Deaths: 17045
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1111071193
Cuyahoga945941709
Hamilton72643947
Montgomery46983875
Summit39720942
Butler35094460
Lucas34829757
Stark29061835
Warren22166270
Lorain21781386
Mahoning19282537
Lake18210300
Clermont18200206
Delaware16289129
Licking14832197
Fairfield14401156
Trumbull14171455
Greene13481211
Medina13220219
Clark12139333
Wood11411193
Portage10870153
Allen10715232
Richland10184205
Miami9954179
Columbiana8052179
Muskingum8046123
Tuscarawas7984235
Pickaway796798
Marion7944135
Wayne7799217
Erie6803183
Ross6083136
Geauga5996129
Hancock5945110
Scioto5886105
Ashtabula5884143
Lawrence520373
Union506552
Darke5013122
Belmont483987
Sandusky473393
Jefferson4726107
Huron4722117
Seneca4624103
Athens457331
Mercer4570101
Auglaize454498
Washington452186
Shelby439167
Knox398584
Putnam3967101
Madison389147
Ashland375495
Fulton375364
Defiance3682102
Brown367842
Crawford355396
Preble351070
Logan350158
Clinton336862
Highland324455
Ottawa319667
Williams299777
Jackson287756
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Champaign283145
Fayette266343
Perry265943
Morrow257224
Henry243665
Holmes2420104
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Gallia219846
Adams213732
Pike212825
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Hocking192248
Carroll178928
Paulding158023
Meigs133836
Noble128142
Monroe115336
Morgan99734
Harrison99632
Vinton76515
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