Man Walking Ten Hours for Work Receives a Sweet Surprise
Getting to work was not so difficult for Ruby Tuesday’s cook Kevan Finley. That is, until the restaurant he worked in, which was just one mile from his home, shut down. Kevan wasn’t able to find another job near his home, so he continued in his role at another Ruby Tuesday’s branch nine miles away. However, since Kevan did not have a car, he had to walk ten miles a day for a roundtrip 18-mile journey, six days a week.
Additionally, Kevan’s new co-workers at the restaurant in Mentor, Ohio, did not find out about his grueling trek until about three months after he had started working there. Kevan never complained about his circumstances, so the staff decided to secretly plot behind the scenes on his behalf. His co-workers started driving him home, while secretly raising money to buy the 30-year old cook a car. In just 17 days, the restaurant raised over $8,000 for the dedicated man.
Kevan has passed the state driving exam, but he still needs to take the road test to get his license. Then, he plans to buy a truck for his own transportation.
Is there someone around you today that has a special need that you can help meet? It takes us getting outside of ourselves and our own lives, and getting involved in the lives of others, to hear about their struggles. If you ask God to make you a blessing today, that is a prayer He will surely answer.
And what about Kevan? He never complained. He did not feel sorry for himself. He simply did whatever he had to do to get his job done. Sometimes we want special treatment for “going the extra mile,” as we sometimes see it. But Jesus sees things very differently:
“Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'” (Luke 17:7-10, ESV)
Feeding Homeless Students in Berks County
Believe it or not, there are multitudes of homeless school students right in Berks County.
“In Berks County, we have more than 1,600 homeless students,” said Kristen Hoffa, the Regional Coordination for Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness.
The National non-profit, Feed the Children, partnered with Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness and dropped off food, 1,000 backpacks and 3,000 books at the Berks County Intermediate Unit.
The 90-day faith-based program Family Promise, in Reading, helps families get back on their feet. Other agencies in Berks, York and Philadelphia counties picked up supplies with the help of Reading School District students. The backpacks supplied were filled with school supplies and hygiene products. RSD students went through boxes, organized books and helped load cars.
“I feel nice. I like helping people,” said 10-grade volunteer, Marques Adamson.
It’s more than giving out books; it’s giving hope.