It’s no secret that small businesses have been struggling ever since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down businesses all across the country, and even around the world. Many are on the brink of bankruptcy and closing down permanently, and some have already done so.

Small businesses everywhere need as much help as possible, but the Mansfield Police Department wanted to do its part to help keep one local small business open.

Mansfield Police Department via Facebook

Cilla's Coffee Shop is located in Norfolk. Like many other small businesses, it has been hit hard financially and is struggling to keep the money coming in.

Cilla's is owned by the father and step-mother of Millis Police Sergeant Corey Volpicelli. On Tuesday, Volpicelli was brought to the coffee house by MPD Lt. Baker, Medway Sgt. Brennan, and Millis Chief Sofayer under the guise of a training meeting. What Volpicelli was greeted with instead was about 40 officers from various communities, prepared to help out the coffee shop. They lined up, and for the next 45 minutes, opened their wallets, occasionally ordering a drink for some food, and purposely over-paying until tip jars were overflowing.

“Others quietly placed cash on the counter, their eyes smiling and a quick word of encouragement and support uttered from beneath their mask. We are in this together.” — Mansfield Police Dept.

 

Mansfield Police Department via Facebook
Mansfield Police Department via Facebook

The Mansfield Police Department posted about it on Facebook, hashtagging it “#shopsmall,” and “#shopsmallchallenge.” The Millis Police Department was tagged as well as Barstool Sports.

Mansfield Police Department via Facebook

Let’s take this as a sign to pay it forward and help more small businesses to bring some light back into 2021.

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