HENRICO, Va. (WRIC) — India Ford never imagined she’d be spending her holidays helping run a toy drive in the parking lot of the place she worked for four years before it closed.
“It was devastating. My daughter cried. This was all she knew,” the single mother said. “She of course know I worked nowhere else. It was bad for both of us.”
India is like many Quaker Steak & Lube employees who were suddenly left out in the cold last Monday.
The restaurant shut down abruptly with no warning to the employees about a week ago. A note on the door was the only communication the employees had with the store’s owner saying “Thank you for your patronage. We’re closed.”
Now, twenty children have parents who are out of work right before the holidays.
On Wednesday, the restaurant was supposed to host a fundraiser to raise money for the annual Christmas for Kids parade. However, organizer Ricky Johnson says that he saw another cause right in front of him instead.
“Because something has happened or a traumatic event happened to someone who is partnering with you, you’re not supposed to turn your back on them,” Johnson said. “What you do is bring them aboard and now we’re giving them assistance.”
Johnson was hoping to raise at least $5,000 and rake in several toys.
A good Samaritan definitely gave a boost when she pulled over from the roadway to donate $100, representing the whole spirit of the event.
If you don’t make it out to the toy drive today, you can still help.