Several local employees of Pizza Hut on North Frontage Road in Meridian are going above and beyond to help co-workers who have had long-term illnesses.
Aside from throwing a birthday party for a faithful customer who had never had one, they've also helped support two co-workers who have not been able to work due to long-term illnesses.
Over the last eight months, every two weeks, they have taken a portion of their tips and salaries to help pay bills, buy food and take care of other necessities for the two.
"I have good group of employees," said store manager Tomeko Hill.
Not only do the employees at this restaurant give of their money but also their time and energy.
When one employee was sick for two months the workers took turns on their shifts to deliver food to her daily. Also, because she could not receive short- term disability, the manager even paid to retrieve the employee's car, which had been repossessed.
To help customers cope with the tough economic times, workers at this Pizza Hut started a "Customer of the Month" initiative. A family is chosen from a drawing once a month and each week in that month they are treated to a full course meal, courtesy of Pizza Hut.
"Does there come a stopping point? No, no because like I tell my employees all the time, we'll get our blessing," said Hill. "It might not come right then when you think it is, but you never know, you always get your blessing."
However, Hill says before these workers get their blessing, they are looking to be a blessing even more.
This Christmas each employee has committed to save money to adopt at least one child from the Salvation Army's Angel Tree. Plus as a whole, the group hopes to adopt at least one family for Christmas.