How businesses, community members are stepping up across the metroplex

The Legacy Willow Bend staff members wear their homemade masks. (Courtesy The Legacy Willow Bend)
The Legacy Willow Bend staff members wear their homemade masks. (Courtesy The Legacy Willow Bend)

The Legacy Willow Bend staff members wear their homemade masks. (Courtesy The Legacy Willow Bend)

Across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, businesses and community members are stepping up to support health care professionals and high-risk individuals in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. Here are four such stories.

Frisco cleaning business provides disinfectant to first responders

The Cleaning Force, a cleaning business that recently moved to Frisco from McKinney, is offering free, hospital-grade disinfectant to all first responders in the city and throughout Collin County.

To read more about The Cleaning Force, click here.

Plano retirement community administrator helps to supply face masks

Amanda Robinson, health care administrator and skilling nursing manager for The Legacy Willow Bend retirement community, has been working with her mother, Cheryl, to help fulfill the community’s need for protective face masks.

Those in the Plano area interested in volunteering to sew masks can call 972-468-6236. To read more about Amanda Robinson and The Legacy Willow Bend, click here.

Lewisville furniture store pivots to mask-making

After hearing that local health professionals are in need of face masks, Mitch Lurie, owner of The Leather Sofa Co. in Lewisville, decided to use his custom furniture business to make 3,000 masks to donate.

Read more about The Leather Sofa Co. here.

Richardson food delivery company delivers to vulnerable populations

Orchard at the Office of Richardson delivers fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks to homes across the DFW metroplex—often, these days, to seniors.

For more information on services offered by Orchard at the Office, visit this link. To read more about Orchard at the Office, click here.

William C. Wadsack, Elizabeth Uclés, Anna Herod and Makenzie Plusnick contributed to this report.

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Superintendent Mike Waldrip updated the district board of trustees during an April 7 meeting via video conference. (Courtesy Frisco ISD)
With several options in the works, graduation ceremonies will still occur for Frisco ISD seniors

A virtual graduation ceremony at each high school is one option under consideration.

Frisco City Council approved a zoning ordinance amendment during its April 7 meeting that will allow breweries, distilleries and wineries to operate in specific land use districts. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Frisco approves zoning to allow breweries, distilleries and wineries in the city

Frisco City Council approved a zoning ordinance amendment that will allow breweries, distilleries and wineries to operate in specific land use districts.

The exams will be open-resource and timed at 45 minutes with an additional five minutes for uploading documents for test submission. (Courtesy Fotolia)
AP Exams to be administered online, at home in May for Frisco ISD students

All AP exams will be taken at home by students using a laptop, desktop, digital tablet or cellphone with internet access.

Venue Verona Villa is located on Dallas Parkway. (Courtesy Verona Villa)
Frisco wedding vendors lose majority of business for March, April as couples postpone celebrations

One Frisco wedding venue has already rescheduled 17 March and April weddings.

Area chief appraisers struggle to meet tax calendar deadlines under stay-at-home orders

Property owners typically begin receiving assessed value notices in the mail around this time each year. Already, the region’s largest districts have announced the delay of those letters until the end of April or middle of May.

Plano ISD trustees on March 15 agreed to continue paying district employees as schools close in response to new coronavirus outbreaks across the country. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Bendt Distilling Co. is making free hand sanitizer for the community and first responders. (Courtesy Bendt Distilling Co.)
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Abbott's order closes all state parks and historical sites effective 5 p.m. April 7. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Abbott closes state parks, historical sites due to coronavirus concerns

Abbott said the closure is to help prevent large gatherings and strengthen social distancing.

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County commissioners approved funding for $55,000 for Life Path Systems’ four long-term care facilities at an April 6 meeting. (Courtesy Fotolia)
LifePath Systems direct care professionals to receive wage increase over next 2 months

The funding will raise base pay from $10 per hour to $15 per hour for direct care professionals.

Frisco City Council approved an ordinance amending the city's declaration of local disaster for public health emergency to extend it through April 30. (Screenshot courtesy city of Frisco)
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This is an ongoing story. New updates will be posted as they become available.