Like most of you, I check my social media probably more times than I should each day. With tensions running high, a lot of posts are by people angry about politics or frustrated by the pandemic. But, luckily, I also keep coming upon posts by Ed Brady.

If you’re in my industry, you most likely know or have heard of Ed. He’s the owner of Huck’s Filling Station in East Greenwich and The Thirsty Beaver restaurants (Cranston, Smithfield and Wrentham), and was the owner of Milk Money in Providence, which closed due to COVID. He also happens to be a Cranston City Councilman.

If you want faith in humanity, just look to see what Ed’s been doing. I don’t have to recap what has been happening the last 10 months, but Ed took action right away. He started dropping off meals to first responders, placed signs on lawns for people to stay strong, fed 500 mothers on Mother’s Day, did his annual turkey drive for the homeless and held his annual holiday toy drive. There’s more, but I think you get the picture. (And you can see by the word “annual” that he’d already been doing these things.) Ed has also been instrumental in fighting for small businesses throughout Rhode Island.

The newest campaign that he has undertaken is going to 90 small RI businesses in 90 days. Today he’s on Day 26.