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Struggling restaurant owner, laid-off employees still give back

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 11:31 PM EST
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NILES, Mich. (WNDU) - One struggling restaurant owner in Niles found a creative way to help other local restaurants that are being forced to shut down.

Now his employees are also giving back.

Mark Godsey owns Joey Armadillos.

He had to lay off his employees, but that didn’t stop them from helping others this Thanksgiving.

They spent all day Wednesday preparing around 100 Thanksgiving meals for people in need.

Godsey also recently started a “Pay it forward Michiana” GoFundMe page.

All donations will be used to buy meals from local restaurants to keep their businesses going.

Those meals will then be delivered to healthcare workers at nearby hospitals.

“It started off beyond my belief. I mean it’s just...people in Michiana are awesome...It’s infectious. Pay it forward is infectious. It really is infectious,” Godsey said.

Some donations have already been used to help Good Anuff Pub in Niles.

Owner Stacy Walsh and her husband made ham and cheese sandwiches and delivered them to Lakeland Hospital Wednesday night.

“Without the help of the people in the community, we aren’t going to have a community. When all these places have to end up shutting down, there’s not going to be any where left in Niles to go...I just encourage the community to try to donate where you can. Buy local. Eat local. Shop local. It’s not just the food industries that are suffering,” Walsh said.

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