Good Neighbors

Now That’s A Tip! Hear How One Man Is Doing Double Duty To Help His Community

The anonymous donor has given around $40,000 to keep the business afloat, while also helping those on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Bill's Café in Naples, FL is one of the many small businesses that was forced to close during the coronavirus pandemic. Now that the lockdown restrictions have eased and many businesses are starting to slowly re-open, Bill Salley, who's owned the café for the past six years, was faced with the harsh reality that he likely wasn't going to be able to afford to keep the place running.

That is, until a kind customer stepped in to help.

A Naples resident, and of the café's regulars, approached Salley with not one, but TWO generous offers.

"He says listen I have two envelopes for you. One for you, one for your help, and it was so nice and kind of him," Salley told WINK-TV. "But that probably wouldn't have saved me. It was a nice chunk of money in that but not enough to make a difference."

Bill Salley has owned and operated Bill's Café in Naples, FL for the past 6 years. Bills Cafe Naples/Facebook

A week later, the same customer (who wishes to remain anonymous) gave Bill a call at the restaurant. He asked him if he would be interested in providing 100 sandwiches per day, five days a week, to hospital workers across the street. Bill's response was, "before he even finished, I said I'm in!"

The donor agreed to pay full price for the sandwiches so that he could help the café stay afloat, while also providing free lunches to the hospital workers who were working on the front lines of the pandemic.

Along with keeping his doors open, Salley was able to bring back his employees, including server Andrea Gianello.

Thanks to the generosity of one of the café's regulars, Bill's Café was able to re-open to the public. Bills Cafe Naples/Facebook

While Gianello wasn't sure if she would be going back to work, she was grateful that one of the café's regulars was able to pay it forward and do some good for the community.

"It felt good that someone genuinely cared about the community to come out and help, and help the nurses and the doctors," she said.

Server Andrea Gianello is thankful that she doesn't have to look for another job. Screenshot: WINK-TV

Both Salley and Gianello know that they're the lucky ones. They've watched as other businesses in the area have gone under because of the pandemic.

"This definitely could have put me under," Salley said, but, "as it worked out, it literally saved my cafe."

What an amazing act of kindness that proves there are plenty of helpers in the world – you just have to look for them, or in this case, let them come to you!

Thanks to the loyal customer's generous donation, BIll's Café is open and thriving again. Screenshot: WINK-TV

How can you start something good?

Inspired by the anonymous donor's generous contribution?

While you probably aren't able to donate $40,000, you can support your favorite local restaurants as they begin to re-open. Order take-out or dine-in if you can, spread the word on social media and be sure to write positive reviews for any places that you visit.

Let's #StartSomethingGood Together!

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