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Originally posted: May 21, 2020
With nearly 90 percent of Manhattan’s Chinatown restaurants closed, a nonprofit powered by young professionals is building custom webpages for low-tech Chinese restaurants, allowing them to receive electronic donations.
Justin McKibben got the idea for his new nonprofit in mid-March, when service companies like Open Table, Help Main Street, and his employer, Square, launched digital gift card initiatives to support local businesses.
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Originally posted: May 20, 2020
"We're focused on really small restaurants in Chinatown that are being forgotten."
Justin Mckibben, Send Chinatown Love, New York City: So I’m a software engineer at Square, which makes point of sales (POS) for restaurants and other businesses, and I work on the restaurants team. Around late February, Jack Dorsey, the CEO, held a big meeting because of the impact he was seeing on merchants using Square. We were trying to figure out how we could help small- to medium-size merchants, mainly by creating a donation system and gift cards. Our entire organization moved to doing that.