When Interstate Batteries Roanoke, Va. Distributor Aaron Fernandez learned that his longtime customer was furloughed due to coronavirus’ impact on her employer, he quickly stepped in to help.
When Interstate Batteries Roanoke, Va. Distributor Aaron Fernandez learned that his longtime customer Amanda Rambo was furloughed due to coronavirus’ impact on her employer, he quickly stepped in. She worked as a waitress at Famous Anthony’s, a small, locally owned diner on Main Street in Salem, Va., and has served breakfast to Fernandez and his colleagues every Friday morning for the past 15 years.
In an effort to serve the woman who served him, Fernandez and the Interstate Roanoke team decided to host a fundraiser. And what would be more fitting than a breakfast donation drive in the Interstate Roanoke warehouse?
Fernandez cooked and served all of the essentials—eggs, bacon, sausage and biscuits—and other team members contributed by bringing their favorite breakfast sides. Outside of his cooking station, he left a tip jar, announcing that he would match the total at the end of the breakfast. At the end of the drive, there was a total of $420, so along with his generous donation, Amanda received $840 in cash.
When she learned of the efforts from the fundraiser, she was overcome with emotion and was incredibly grateful for his kindness and generosity.
“We wanted to simply reflect the goodwill that has been shown to us over the years,” Fernandez said. “Amanda is genuinely a good woman, and we believe $800 is simply a small token of what she deserves.”
The Interstate Roanoke team members more than upheld Interstate’s value of leading with a Servant’s Heart and showed their appreciation for Amanda who has served them in more ways than one.