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Staff at Brothers 2 launches ‘Miracle on Water Street’

SUMMERSIDE — Sheila Bell is hoping patrons coming in to Brothers 2 to fill their bellies will help fill those of families less fortunate.

Karen Mallett (left) with the Summerside Salvation Army, Sheila Bell, operations manager at Brothers 2, and serve Kolby Gallant show off just a few of the items collected through the “Miracle on Water Street” initiative. The idea was that of Gallant, who thought that patrons going to the Summerside restaurant to fill their bellies could help fill the bellies of families less fortunate.

That’s why she and her staff recently launched “Miracle on Water Street.”

The idea was that of server, Kolby Gallant, who had visited another restaurant where a similar fundraiser was held.

“They were doing something similar to this to help out needy families in the community. She brought it to my attention and I said let’s roll with it,” said Bell, operations manager at Brothers 2. “We sat down and tried to think of a name that would work and since we are on Water Street we used ‘Miracle on Water Street,’ which was actually a dinner theatre we had here once.”

At that restaurant Gallant visited, free meals were offered for a day as a thank-you to customers. In exchange, customers were asked to leave a monetary donation that would go to the local food bank in that city.

Bell has taken it a step further.

After reading in the local newspaper of the need at the Salvation Army, she decided to put a plea of for patrons of the popular Summerside restaurant to bring in items to fill Christmas hampers for those in need.

“People come in and we feed everyone. We thought let’s feed the people that need it the most,” added Bell. “It breaks my heart. I would love to feed everyone and have an open kitchen and feed everyone.”

For the entire month of December, people can stop by the restaurant, donate any non-perishable food items, clothes, lunch items for children, schools supplies, diapers, toys, hygiene items — anything that families could use to help them throughout the season of giving.

For their contribution, Brothers 2 will give each person that makes a donation a $5 gift card that they can use at the restaurant in January. The restaurant will also open its doors to a local family for a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

The Salvation Army’s Karen Mallett is overwhelmed by the idea and the support during what is a busy time of year for her organization.

This year, Mallett said the Salvation Army, with the help of other non-profit organizations, churches, businesses and individuals, is going to fill more than 600 Christmas hampers.

The need, she said, is greater than the Summerside Salvation Army has ever seen.

Usage has spiked at its food bank and soup kitchen, with as many as 40 hampers being given out each of the three days a week the food bank is open.

“This is phenomenal. It is going to help us out so much,” added Mallett.

Bell hopes that Prince County residents, who are known for their generosity, will help the restaurant realize its “Miracle on Water Street,” an event that she plans to continue for years to come.

 

nmacphee@journalpioneer.com

 

Organizations: Brothers 2, The Salvation Army

Geographic location: Water Street, Prince

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  • Sylvia Rosenberger
    December 13, 2013 - 20:46

    Fantastic idea! We could do this in Vancouver at the higher end restaurants also, or some version of it. It would give some of these establishments some soul. Awesome Sheila !!