A window of love and hope

Published 5:07 pm Tuesday, April 28, 2020

One Carter County business is showing love for the community from their window.
Edward Jones, Office of Jonathan Street and Patti Whitson in Elizabethton is a financial investing advice business. Here, Patti Whitson, Regional BOA Mentor Coordinator and Senior Branch Office Administrator, took to decorating the building’s window to share a message of love and strength for their customers and people in the community.
“I made the decorations,” she laughed. “I cut out hearts. I had a few sheets of construction paper and I had copy paper. I cut out all the white hearts with printer paper. Then I had a few little poster boards, and I just wrote on them.”
Whitson said she hopes this window encourages everyone.
“Town has been like a ghost town,” she said. “We wanted to send out love not only to our clients, but to our neighbors on the street. I am the merchant chairperson for the Mainstreet. It was trying to uplift merchants in town, put our hearts out and hope everyone is well.”
In addition to encouragement, she hopes the window brings happiness to those who see it.
“I hope it makes them smile,” said Whitson. “I hope it makes them feel that we’re all in it together, and we’re going to get through it together.”
The window decorations have been up for about two weeks, and will continue to be as long as face-to-face interactions are suspended at the business. Whitson said that so far customers have responded well to the message, and are doing business over the phone for the time being. Those in the office are Whitson and Street; this two person-team is the norm in this business.
In addition to sharing the hopeful message while closed, it was also to reassure clients during the rough patches the stock market faced when the COVID-19 pandemic began.
To see the hope-filled window, you can drive by 504 East E. St. in Elizabethton. For more information on Edward Jones, Office of Jonathan Street and Patti Whitson, you can call 423-543-8811.
“We hope everyone is well and being safe, and we hope to see everyone and get them back in our office as soon as we can,” said Whitson.

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