A much-needed economic boost

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

LE MARS — A united effort created by realtors across the United States was the reason behind the launch of Le Mars Food To Go, a Facebook public group page.

Kylie Petty, Century 21 Prolink realtor, was the person behind the page’s creation in Le Mars.

“I am part of an online group with other realtors around the U.S. and we wanted to come up with something together to help our communities,” Petty said.

“The purpose of this page is for people to have an individual source to find what local businesses are offering for take out during this difficult time.”

With more than 3,500 members, the page features restaurants in Le Mars, Remsen, Merrill, Hinton, Kingsley and Sioux City.

“Within a few hours we had over 2,000 members. We are now over 3,500 members to date,” Petty shared. “It all started with a few phone calls to some local businesses and/or their managers to see if it would be something they would participate in and like to see. They all loved the idea and so I moved forward with creating it and it just took off from there all from the support of our amazing community members.”

Petty said she has been overwhelmed with the amount of support this cause has received.

“As a small business owner myself who is an avid supporter of our community it just makes my heart smile. This is why I love this town and the reason I push for families to settle here in Le Mars when looking to move to the area,” she said. “The support we have for one another is absolutely amazing. I spent many years prior to getting my real estate license 10 years ago working at Mr. P’s and I know the hard work and dedication it takes with these restaurants.

“That is why I called some of my past co-workers and asked if they would be behind this idea and of course they were all for it. I think we should all be proud of what an amazing community we live in that in difficult times we rally together to help one another,” Petty added.

Like with anything Le Mars and Plymouth County endure, Petty said this is “just what we do."

“Because we are a small Midwest town and community and that is just what we do. We help each other in difficult times and that’s exactly what I wanted to do. I guess that it’s just the way my parents raised me. I don’t want to see any of our amazing businesses have to shut their doors permanently once this is all over, so it’s important we all come together and do whatever we can,” she said of her decision to take the lead with the local effort. “This community is amazing and your support for our local businesses has really shined during this time. I am proud to be a part of this community and I hope people continue to share the page so it reaches all those who may need it.”

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