This Company Wants You To ‘Tea-P’ Your Loved Ones With Kindness
Wait until you hear the sweet (and useful) idea that's helping a small company to thrive during the pandemic.
When I was a teenager, if somebody "tee p'd" your house, you could expect to see strands of the white stuff draped over your lawn, trees – even your car was fair game to neighborhood pranksters armed with rolls of Charmin.
A tea company in Orlando, FL has been doing some "tea-p'ing" of their own, but instead of causing anger and annoyance, it's bringing smiles and gratitude to those on the receiving end.
Infusion Tea started the campaign to keep their business afloat during the pandemic while also spreading happiness to people in the community who have been isolated at home.
The company has been offering "tea-p" care packages to anyone who wants to treat someone who's deserving.
Infusion Tea care packages come with a yard sign, two rolls of toilet paper and a bag of loose leaf tea. Infusion Tea/Facebook
The package includes a bright orange yard sign with two rolls of toilet paper and a bag of loose leaf tea attached. The signs are posted in the recipient's front yard with a message that reads, "You've been tea-p'd," along with the sender's name at the bottom.
The signs have been popping up in several Orlando neighborhoods, and after only about a month, the company has delivered over 1,300 tea-p packages to local residents.
The 'tea-p'd' signs have been popping up on front lawns all over Orlando. Infusion Tea/Facebook
The campaign has been such a success that the company's owners have been able to bring back nearly all of their staff members who were laid off last month when the state ordered businesses to close to help stop the spread of the virus.
"We call it our little COVID miracle," Infusion Tea owner Brad Cowherd told The Orlando Sentinel. "We have been able to bring back all of our furloughed employees that want to come back. Everyone's working that wants to be working. It's good for the employees, it's great for morale."
The company has been able to bring back all of their furloughed staff members who wanted to return to work. Infusion Tea/Facebook
Infusion Tea has even started sending out care packages to other states, a prospect the owners never considered when they came up with the idea about a month ago.
"They just caught on. We've now done over 1,300," Cowherd said. "We do delivery boxes for everywhere else in the country. On top of the signs, we're mailing boxes every day and we've done about 1,000 of those."
Lori Minor, one of the company's employees, has been making daily trips to deliver the packages, sometimes posting 25-35 signs per day with the help of her daughter.
"I think people are happy to see us," she said of the public's response to the campaign. "People come out and they're inquisitive about what we're doing exactly, but then they see the toilet paper, the tea and who it's from. A couple of them have been reduced to tears."
The Infusion Tea team has delivered over 1,300 tea-p care packages to local Orlando residents. Infusion Tea/Facebook
While the teahouse might be opening its doors soon due to the changing restrictions, they hope to keep offering the care packages for as long as they can.
"Every day, somebody will call and just thank us for being out and doing this. It really raises people's spirits," Cowherd said of the campaign. "Overall, it's been a great experience for us and the community."
The owners of Infusion Tea, Brad and Christina Cowherd, call the tea-p campaign "our little COVID miracle." Infusion Tea/Facebook