This story is for all the restaurant servers trying to make ends meet. It’s a story about single mother, Anna Hofstetter, who works three jobs so that her two kids are taken care of.
Hofstetter works as a bartender at Hotel Nashville in Brown County, Indiana. She told WXIN that a couple staying at the hotel while celebrating their wedding anniversary left her a tip totaling $1,000.
The single mom said it was a slow Saturday night at Hotel Nashville. During the evening, she began a conversation with the couple. They told her that they were married in that Hotel.
“They sat at a little table near the door and they said they got married at the Hotel Nashville seven years ago,” she said.
Hofstetter said they ordered Long Island Iced Teas, a crab artichoke appetizer and the dinner special. Their check came out to $32.40. When she picked up the receipt, she saw they wrote $1,000 in the tip column. There was also a message saying, “give something for kids.”
“I said, ‘Thank you so much, you have no idea how much this means to me,'” Hofstetter told WXIN.
Now this single mom had to decide what to do with the money. She “happened” to bump into a woman named Clara Stanley, president of the Brown County Enrichment for Teens Association. Hofstetter realized she could use the money to do something not just for her own family, but for other children in the community as well.
Stanley and a whole bunch of kids are collecting money to build a skate and teen park in Brown County. They want to build it at Deer Run Park, and are seeking county approval. The children have created a group called “Kids on Wheels” for their fundraising efforts.
“Brown County has been lacking a healthy, wonderful place for children,” said Stanley, President of Brown County Enrichment for Teens Association Inc. or BETA.
It’s a project Hofstetter thought would make a lasting impact so she felt it was worth a $1,000 donation.
“I know Anna is doing a lot of working hours, single mom. $1,000 is big money,” said Stanley.
Kids on Wheels has already raised about $25,000 for the skate and teen park. Their goal is $120,000. They are getting some help through state grants. If they collect another $50,000 before September 22, they will receive a $50,000 matching grant from the state.