Sebastian businesses that have helped our community during COVID-19

Sandy's Grille donated food to Fire Stations #8 and #9
Sandy's Grille donated food to Fire Stations #8 and #9

There are a few businesses that deserve recognition for helping our community during the COVID-19 pandemic in Sebastian, Florida.

We have a strong community because most of us have gone through tough times, such as multiple hurricanes that devastated our town in 2004 and 2005. Then we had the housing crises, which crippled our local economy for several years. The community has always come together during the worst times, and the coronavirus pandemic is no different.

When the pandemic is over, we ask everyone to remember these local businesses.

Sandy’s Grille

Sandy Jankovic closed her restaurant and bar to help feed our community. Sandy’s Grille recently cooked and donated a lot of food to Love to Serve, Inc., Hope for Family’s Homeless Shelter, Sebastian Police Department, Fire Stations #8 & #9, Learning Nest, hospice patients, and elderly families that can not leave their homes. During the hurricanes, Sandy has always opened up her restaurant for people in need. Sandy’s Grille will reopen on Monday, April 13th, for curbside and take-out ordering. The restaurant is located at 171 Sebastian Blvd.

Rekindled Furniture & Home Decor in Sebastian

Samantha Burns of Rekindled Furniture & Home Decor wanted to do something positive in the community since much of her regular business canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Burns has put a lot of fabric scraps to use by creating masks for the public and those who are working the frontline in the medical field. She has donated more than 1,000 masks so far.

Robert Doerr Upholstery

Robert and Carrie Doerr have already produced masks for anyone in the community in need. They never charged for them, but only asked for donations to help restock the materials used. Robert Doerr Upholstery is a small, family-owned and operated upholstery shop in Sebastian. They also created their own Robert Doerr Face Masks website for people to order.

Best Choice Window Cleaning in Sebastian

John Frazier of Best Choice Window Cleaning in Sebastian recently purchased $250 in gift cards to feed people in need. He gave the cards away during a recent drawing. John said it was a good way to give back to the community that has supported his business for the past five years. John hopes it will have a ripple effect.

Woody’s Bar-B-Q

When owners Roger and Kathy Birt found out that John Frazier of Best Choice Window Cleaning was giving away $250 in gift cards, they matched it! Woody’s BBQ has been helping people in need in our community for the past 20+ years.

McDonald’s in Roseland

McDonald’s might be a franchise, but the owner is local and has helped our community in many ways. The owner and managers recently donated food to the medical staff at the ER and the fire department.

Frank Nolan

Just days before the COVID-19 pandemic, Frank Nolan received a Citizens Award by the Sebastian Police Department. Frank, who is also a manager at the McDonald’s in Roseland, has helped the homeless and many families. He has used his own money to buy groceries for struggling families. Frank understands when people go through difficult times, and has shown nothing but compassion for those in need.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.