KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--You're about to see something in your wallet you haven't seen in a while. Two dollar bills. A local business is conducting a stimulus plan of his own.
Belew Drugs has been making people feel better for 47 years. Now they're helping the financial health of local businesses. Owner David Belew says, "People were a little confused because it's not everyday you give employees cash."
It's the "shop local" program. David handed nearly 30 employees 200 bucks. They weren't Benjamin Franklins though. They got 200 two dollar bills. The only rules were give 10 percent to charity, spend at locally owned business, and keep a log. Belew says, "My hope is that other independant business owners will think it's worth a shot as well."
Barbara Haworth has worked at Belews for 10 years and this is a first.
Barbara Haworth says, "We just looked in shock like what are we supposed to do with these."
She's giving 20 percent to St. Judes and plans to use the rest right away. Haworth says, "I've got a ten year old to shop for so use it for the tax free weekend. That's like a bonus. I don't think I've spent a 2 dollar bill, but I'm goig to now."
A bonus for employees like Barbara, and a boost for the local economy.