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Vendors struggle to keep business afloat

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

"I need a miracle. That's what I need right now," Ann Jones said.

Jones, like many business owners, was caught off-guard by the pandemic.
She is a vendor, running a face painting business called "Just 4 A Smile."

"A smile is genuine, and when I get to see the opportunity to see that child smile, it's something that they and I have created together," Jones explained.

She says it is a fulfilling passion, and has helped to feed her 2 kids.

But with no events, birthday parties, or visits to children in the hospital fighting cancer, business is all but gone.
And even as the state re-opens, Jones does not know when she will be back in business.

"I can't do anything, I can't paint somebody's face 6 feet away. It's just not humanly possible," she said.

"I fell through the cracks, I don't qualify for all the different things that were supposed to help the small business."

In January, she got something she had been hoping for a long time. 

Her very own re-purposed mini school bus to continue to bring smiles to the kids she loves serving.

Since the coronavirus pandemic, it has become yet another bill that she can't afford to pay.

"Me, like so many other people, just got caught up in a tidal wave that we can't get out from under," Jones said.

She had big plans for the bus.
But now, has bigger worries.

"2 months is like, $2600 for me. That's not including the utilities, that's not including [the bus] payment. That's not including insurance in general, or phone, or food. It's a lot on my shoulders," Jones said.

She's even considered picking up another job.
But with the kids home permanently until the fall, Jones says, that is not an option.

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