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A woman carried a jar of quarters into the Red Lion Corner Cafe last week because she wanted to help families in need.
“She said, ‘I just want to let you know that I don’t have a lot of money. It’s just me,'” waitress Melissa Weferling recounted. The woman didn’t believe that she had much to offer, but she had been collecting quarters and wanted some of those families to be able to buy shoes for their children – or whatever they might need.
Weferling and the other waitresses have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people in their community.
The $100 donation from two customers has turned into more than $600 in donations in the past week. And then there was a call from a man that blew them away. He doesn’t live in York County, but he travels to the area frequently. He read the story and wanted to help. He said he would be in town Tuesday and would drop off $1,000 for the families.
“It’s really turned into something really, really great,” Weferling said.
They’ve read nominations of so many families who could be helped by a gift.
A York teacher sent Weferling an email last week to tell her about a single father who works two jobs while raising eight children alone. The kids’ shoes have holes in them.
“There will be no Christmas for these children,” the teacher wrote to Weferling.
That was when the waitresses decided to choose the most needy families and give them more than a gift card to the Corner Cafe. “We can give them money for all of them to come in and eat but maybe give them a gift card to Walmart as well.”
Putting shoes on children’s feet, providing them with a little something for Christmas. That’s how the waitstaff saw the outpouring of generosity helping families. They had received about 50 nominations.
“There’s like 10 families that … just really need it. They’re working but getting nowhere,” Weferling said. “These people don’t need $1,800 in pancakes.”
A man walked into the diner over the weekend with a $50 Giant gift card. He didn’t need it but had been praying about where to donate it. He read the story about the Corner Cafe and knew that these people would put it in the right place.
“We were gonna feed two families in the restaurant, (but now) it’s enough money to really make a difference in the lives of these families,” Weferling said.
The staff is working on a plan for each of the families, figuring out what – besides gift cards to their restaurant – they each need. They’ll have all of it sorted out by week’s end and contact each of the families, Weferling said.
“I can’t wait for these kids, who expect nothing, to give a little Christmas cheer to them,” she said.
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