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Man Wins Washer and Dryer, Gives It to Coworker Who Needs It More

He and his coworkers are like family and he certainly showed it when he gave an amazing gift to one of them instead of keeping it for himself.


Winning a brand new washer and dryer would be a great thing to happen to anyone. So why would you give that away? That's exactly what one guy did because he thought it was more important to make a difference in someone else's life.

Jesse (left), Kelly O (middle), and Heather (right)

It all happened at a holiday picnic, organized by the owner of Kelly O's Diner, which operates two restaurants in Pittsburgh. The diner is different in a lot of ways, but none more so than the family relationship it fosters among it' employees. Saying these workers are "family" isn't some half-hearted attempt to keep employees happy in the workplace. Many have worked at Kelly O's for 10 or more years and they genuinely care about each other.

"I love you all so much and this all wouldn't be possible without you," owner Kelly O told a large gathering of employees. Some were juggling plates of food, some were holding their babies, and others were playing with bouncy-balls in the open parking lot out front of the restaurant. "So I want to give you all something back," she said.

The crowd of tight-knit diner employees began to murmur as Kelly O announced the giveaway: a washer and dryer set. A luxury for most. An excited young boy picked the winner from a hat, and the crowd erupted with cheers as the name was announced.

The winner, Jesse, is a dishwasher, described as a man working to turn his life around. Everyone was thrilled to see him win.

But the gifting wasn't over yet. A few moments later, Jesse asked or everyone's attention. He said that while his washer and dryer set leaks a little bit, "they work fine." So he wanted to pay it forward to an employee who needed it more. He motioned to a woman named Heather from across the crowd.

Heather is a second-generation Kelly O's employee and floor manager. She's a single mother who is described as eager to help anyone that needs it. So when Jesse announced that he wanted her to have the washer and dryer, she was hesitant. But the family of coworkers agreed that she deserved it, and began chanting "keep it!"

The picnic continued with dodgeball games and laughs, and there's no doubt that everyone left feeling happy, full, and appreciated.

In the end, Heather agreed to keep the washer and dryer, and everyone was cheering over the generosity.

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