There are a few things people might think of or associate with when they think of America. Things such as Freedom, 2-A, diverse communities, independence day, bacon or burgers, and many others.
There have even been businesses who’ve made the association a part of their slogan or named menu items with America or American in the name. One such example is Dunkin’ Donuts, where in 2006 they ran a campaign, I’m sure you know it and have heard of it – “America Runs on Dunkin’.” The slogan was meant to portray American people who’re busy with their tiring and routine lives in grab-and-go coffee and donuts to keep up with their hectic days in an effort to achieve the American dream.
Dunkin’ Donuts is also very giving. They run a ‘Joy in Childhood Foundation’ where they bring simple joys of childhood to ill and hungry children. Through this program, they’ve donated over 11 million to hundreds of national and local charities.
The giving doesn’t stop there either. In fact, there was a Dunkin’ Donuts customer who donated an entire home – fully furnished – to an employee of an Ohio Dunkin’ Donuts.
Suzanne Burke said that she needed to act quickly subsequent to discovering that her close friend, and cherished Dunkin’ employee Ebony Johnson, had as of late been evicted from her Mount Healthy home.
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“When she experienced this hardship, I just wanted to see if I could help her just improve her life and the life for her kids,” Burke said. “I wanted to make sure that they had stable housing so that she could continue to provide the excellent service she does at Dunkin’.”
With the help from the neighborhood associations and creators, Burke had the opportunity to shock and awe Johnson and her children with a new, completely outfitted home – and just in time for the holidays!
“I’m just so thankful we’re back in our home,” Johnson said. “The Lord really looked out for me because I kept praying and saying, ‘Could I be at home before Christmas?’ Oh my God, I’m so happy.”
Johnson’s and Burke’s friendship started a long time back in the Dunkin’ drive-through window. With Burke visiting the chain every day, saying that Johnson is always working the window and has been for three years providing great customer service.
Subsequent to seeing that Johnson wasn’t working her typical shift for half a month, she reached out to her to check-in. That’s when she discovered that Johnson, mother of three, had been evicted from her Mount Healthy home and had no place to go.
Jo Potvin, of Design to Market, and the local association wound up cooperating to completely outfit and get the new home ready for Johnson and her children so it would be move-in ready. The final product was disclosed to Johnson and her family on Friday, and the warming moment was caught on camera.
“Thank you all so much,” Johnson said through tears. “Thank you kindly for aiding me.”
Potvin said that she was unable to think of any other perfect moment to gift and shock Johnson other than now.