It's during troubled times that we most often see the good in humankind. With that in mind, Liz Swain from Shreveport's Downtown Development Authority, shared the following as well as plans to highlight even more local businesses, who during their own time of struggle and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic, work to help our community.

Retro Down Town Café owner Kristi Tift has been sending large carafes of her specialty coffees to other restaurants and businesses to let them know she is thinking about them, and to give them a little caffeine boost  to help get through a long day.

Downtown resident Chris Lyon and a friend took their gardening gloves and spent a couple of hours pulling weeds at Caddo Common Park.

Logan Mansion owner Lisa Brutto, upon hearing that Caddo schools were stopping feeding services, began preparing and taking meals to downtown children.

Noble Savage Tavern chef Jon Ortiz set up the Savage Pandemic Fund to raise donations for Noble Savage employees facing lean times and local musician Seth Bradford has set up a ‘Live From My Living Room’ performance to raise money for the family-owned downtown The Missing Link restaurant. The list of these small gifts and spontaneous acts of generosity gets longer by the day.

The DDA believes it is important to showcase these acts and these people, because this is what we are- and these are the people and the types of actions – that will bring our Downtown and our City back when COVID-19 is over.

We will be featuring these acts on our Shreveport DDA Facebook page each weekday and on our website at

You can follow the DDA on Facebook and via their website. Who knows? Maybe these stories will inspire you to do something yourself for our community, introduce you to a business you might not already be familiar with or make you feel more connected. Regardless, I think we need to spread the good news, not just the bad!

More From 96.5 KVKI