Memphis business owner refused to leave employees jobless

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis business owner refused to leave her employees jobless.

The childcare center was once packed with smiling children and teachers but things slowed down because of COVID-19.

Alexsia Williams owns The University of Little Scholars.

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“When we lay down it’s heavy on us because we have 20 people depending on us to feed their families to pay their bills,” said Williams.

Even though her business shut down for a few weeks, she refused to stop paying her workers.

"These ladies have become families to me,” Williams said. “Saying, 'sorry I have to close my doors I don't know how you will make ends meet,' didn't sit well with me."

Williams put her employees to work by cleaning every inch of her business.

This touched Daisy Smith’s heart. She works as an assistant teacher.

“So many people are losing their jobs, but she is doing our best to keep us employed and going,” said Smith.

They came together as a business and a work family.

“I just wanted to let her know how much she is appreciated,” Smith said.

The business will open back up on April 13.

The business owner will be taking everyone’s temperature before they are allowed inside.

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