Good Neighbors

Restaurant Starts ‘Giving Board’ To Help Customers In Need

Wait until you hear how they're inspiring others to pay it forward.

Stoney's Family Restaurant in Clarkesville, GA is known for their homemade biscuits. Now, they're also getting attention for being kind.

Stoney's has been serving customers in the Clarkesville area for over 50 years. The family that owns the place recently installed a 'giving board' that lets people pay for a meal or cup of coffee for someone else when they need it.

Anyone who wants to donate can do so at the register when they place their order. The cashier will then write the item they paid for on a ticket and stick it to the giving board. When someone comes in who needs a little help, they can simply redeem one of the tickets on the board – no questions asked.

Kaitlin Ross with 11 Alive posts a donation on the giving board.

Ruby Evans, a cashier at Stoney's, says the board sends a strong message about the people who eat there.

"That we stick together, we're a strong community. We are looking out for each other," she told 11Alive.

Ruby Evans has been encouraging people in the community to use the giving board.

Since they put up the giving board last week, it has been filling up with tickets from customers who have donated lunch specials, cups of coffee and other food items. Others just give them cash.

Evans says that while they're getting plenty of donations, they're having a harder time getting people to come in and use them.

"A lot of people are really hesitant, and I'm like, 'that's what it's there for! No judgement, just take it'," she said.

There's even a sign posted above the board that reads, "Offering a hand up is not a hand out."

A neighboring business contributed a personal sign for the project. Stoney's Family Restaurant/Facebook

Evans has even gone outside the restaurant to get people to come in and use the board. She said she approached one woman who now uses it regularly.

Now that word has gotten out about the board, other businesses in the area have approached Stoney's and asked how they can get involved.

Alexia Dodson, who owns a thrift store next door to the restaurant, says she is going to start posting items on the board.

"We're getting ready to start bringing in vouchers for jackets and stuff like that, so families can come in and get a blanket or a coat and come to our store and pick it up," Dodson said.

The giving board offers food, drinks and cash to customers in need. Stoney's Family Restaurant/Facebook

What an awesome way to spread kindness in their community. Hopefully other businesses will take Stoney's lead and start their own giving boards!

How can you start something good?

If you're near the Clarkesville, GA area, you can stop by Stoney's Family Restaurant and make a donation to the giving board:

389 Washington St
Clarkesville, Georgia

Or you can call and make a donation over the phone: (706) 754-4328.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

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