Good Neighbors

Cafe Owner Supports Competitor When Owner Gets Cancer

She closed her own shop to help support fellow business owners in their time of need.


Dave McAdams and his wife Tina own The Local Coffee Company, a small coffee stand in Oak Grove, OR. Dave is fighting terminal cancer and has recently gone into hospice. With only a few weeks left for him to live and a mountain of unpaid medical bills, the fate of their small business is unknown.

The couple is well-known and well-liked in the community, especially Dave, who, along with volunteering as a youth pastor and a baseball coach, started a non-profit that collects hygiene supplies to help people who are struggling to do their laundry.

Here's Dave with his custom "Portland Ghostbusters" car...

So, when folks in the community found out about Dave's illness, they wanted to help out. This included Pixie Adams, the owner of Moonlight Coffeehouse, which is located about a mile down the road from The Local Coffee Co. Adams, who is herself a breast cancer survivor, closed her shop one day last week and went to work at the McAdams' stand for free. The plan was for every dollar raised that day to go to Dave and Tina.

"I knew that I had to do something to help them keep their business afloat so that Tina could be with Dave," Adams (pictured below) told CNN . "So, I decided to take over their shop and throw all of the support I could through my business and my community their way."

The Local Coffee Co. had record sales that day, with the drive-up lane packed with cars all day long. Over $3,000 was raised for the couple from sales and donations. Adams said she would continue to raise money for Dave and Tina at her shop.

"I fought hard for more birthdays, and I want to do the very best I can for my community with as many years as I can." - Pixie Adams

Other community members have pitched in to help the couple, including a Portland coffee roaster that held a fundraiser last month and sold bags of a special blend called "Dave's Deeply Loved Brew." All money raised from sales went to the couple. The name for the brew came from one of Dave's taglines he uses to end a lot of videos that he posts online" "You are deeply loved."

What a beautiful example of community over competition. Kudos to Pixie Adams and others for lifting up the owners of another local business when they needed it most.

You can contribute to a GoFundMe campaign that has been set up for the family by clicking here. You can also pitch in to support Dave's non-profit, Loveone Laundry, by clicking here. Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

(Images The Local Coffee Co. Facebook )

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