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The coronavirus crisis has left thousands of people on the Central and South Coasts out of work.

In Santa Barbara County, a non-profit which deals with those in need on a regular basis has seen a spike in requests for food.

A staff member is busy stocking some shelves at a one of a kind store in the Central and South Coasts. The downtown Santa Barbara store doesn’t take credit cards, check, or even cash. The Unity Shoppe helps people, and families in need. But, the 100 plus year old non-profit has needed some help of its own recently.

A food bank serving Santa Barbara County will open some new food distribution sites, to try to fill the gap created by the temporary closure of a longtime non-profit agency. Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is trying to fill the void created by the shutdown of Santa Barbara’s Unity Shoppe.

An Emmy award winning actor, comedian, and disc jockey who lived in Santa Barbara for many years has died.

Jay Thomas was a DJ in Los Angeles, New York, and on Sirius radio for decades. But, he was perhaps best known for his stints on the TV sitcoms “Cheers” and “Murphy Brown.” He most recently was on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.”

Thomas hosted one of his radio shows from his home in Santa Barbara for years. He was also active in the community, serving as one of the co-hosts of Santa Barbara’s “Unity Shoppe” telethon.

A non-profit agency which helps people in need in Santa Barbara County is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, with one of the anniversary events a concert Wednesday night featuring some major names in music.

Kenny Loggins is hosting the concert at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater benefiting the Unity Shoppe.

Loggins will be joined by Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys, as well as Jimmy Messina, from the “Loggins and Messina” days.