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Flying Tiger Brewery raising money for healthcare workers

Flying Tiger Brewery is raising money for the St. Francis Foundation to buy masks for healthcare workers.
Flying Tiger Brewery is raising money for the St. Francis Foundation to buy masks for healthcare workers.(KNOE)
Published: Apr. 7, 2020 at 6:08 PM CDT
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"It just adds a little normalcy back to our business that has basically come to a screeching halt," says James Simpson, the Head Brewer and a Co-Founder of Flying Tiger Brewery.

Simpson says their taproom and business has been about the community and philanthropic avenues since day one, so they wanted to find a way to give back in these uncertain times.

"Rob said, 'look, we've got a closet full of these Bulls in the Streets bandanas because we have our annual fundraiser coming up,'" said Simpson. "The fundraiser would normally go to the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum and the Roe City Rollers."

With the Spring event postponed, they're selling the 'Bulls in the Streets' bandanas for $10 with 100% of the proceeds going to the St. Francis Foundation.

The money will go toward buying masks for the medical workers on the frontlines.

"An N95 mask costs roughly between $1 - $1.50. If we sell 50 bandanas that's 500 bucks," says Simpson. "That's 400 masks almost, so to go to one hospital that's a tremendous contribution to the staff."

Simpson says they're also trying to spread the word about wearing masks so the virus doesn't continue to spread through our communities.

He says the bandanas can be turned into face masks to protect yourself, and there are some easy videos to follow.

"If you get on the

there are plenty of videos floating around that can show you how to make one," says Simpson. "I've got a couple of hair ties from my wife, it goes on and it straps on just like that, and you're being part of the solution at that point."

Simpson says now that the taproom is closed, their bartenders are out of work. So, the company is giving $1 from every four or six-pack sold to their bartending staff.

"You go through these emotional journies on a daily basis and it leads everybody to become really close and a really tight-knit family," says Simpson. "So you kind of approach these scenarios as a family and together and we're doing everything we can to help support these guys who are out of work right now."

They'll also have a tip jar set up for their bartenders at the front of the brewery.

If you're interested in getting a brew, you can head over to

and place an order there. Then, you can pick up your order right when you walk through the brewery's doors.

Bandanas will be available on-site and there will be a jar for donations to the St. Francis Foundation.

Pick up hours, as of April 7th, are Wednesday through Saturday from 3 p.m to 7 p.m.

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