An unsuspecting Chick-fil-A employee received a special gift from some of his adoring customers Thursday morning.
George Holston has been an employee at the Downingtown restaurant for nearly 8 years. He is known among customers for his warm welcomes, bubbly personality and conversations with the kids.
“It’s the best job I’ve ever had. I look forward to coming in here,” George told NBC10.
Last Friday, Jennifer Fischer of Coatesville had lunch at Chick-fil-A with her son when she struck up a conversation with George.
Fischer noticed George’s foot was in a special shoe that was falling apart. “I asked him about his foot and he had mentioned he had diabetes, but couldn't afford the diabetic shoes. It cost him $200,” recalled Fischer.
That afternoon Fischer put out a message to fellow moms in the ‘Mom Advice’ Facebook group, consisting of over 4,000 moms mostly in Chester County. She asked if anyone wanted to help raise the $200 to buy George the special shoes.
"The money started pouring in, lots of compliments about George and how much he has made an impact on people’s lives. It was just overflowing. We ended up raising $1800 for him," Fischer told NBC10.
Chick-fil-A helped collaborate with Fischer to surprise George.
She, along with the Chick-fil-A cow, many other moms from the group and their children surprised George Thursday morning with $1800 and hand written cards and pictures drawn by their children.
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“I'm speechless. I'm really speechless. I never expected anything like this. I’m thankful from the bottom of my heart," George was overcome with joy when receiving the gift.
“His heart for people is amazing. So it's nice to see someone like him who constantly gives to get something in return for all of the love he puts out," said Jackie Houck, another Chester County mom who knows George personally.