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Customer Helps Cafe by Ordering 100 Sandwiches A Day

On the last day Bill's Cafe in Naples, Florida, was open before having to close down due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of the restaurant's regulars handed owner Bill Salley two envelopes. Each one contained money, with some earmarked for Salley and the rest for his employees. Salley told WINK News, “It was so kind of him, but it wasn't enough to help his restaurant survive.”

A week later, the customer called him with a question. "He said, 'Bill, would you be interested in sending 100 sandwiches a day across the street to Naples Community Hospital?’” Salley said, “Before he even finished, I said, ‘I'm in.’”

The customer, who asked to remain anonymous, gave Salley about $40,000 during the time he was closed. This not only benefited Salley and his employees, but also the hospital workers, who enjoyed their free sandwiches.

Possible Preaching Angle:

Graciously helping others in a time of deep need is the heart of the gospel message. We can show others the free gift of God’s grace when we use our resources to bless people.


Catherine Garcia, “Customer keeps Florida cafe afloat by ordering 100 sandwiches a day for hospital workers” The Week (6-18-20); Gina Tomlinson and Drew Hill, “Anonymous donor gives one Naples cafe $40K to stay open,” WINK News (6-4-20)

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