It’s not surprising that some customers want to tip those who serve them. What does surprise me is that these days you see tip jars in what I feel are some unlikely places. Shelly and I never felt right about accepting tips, but often times our customers would insist which is when we decided to adopt a “Charity of the Month” and donate any tips we received to a deserving organization. By doing this, we’ve been able to raise thousands of dollars for mostly local charities.
Recently, a dear friend of ours was diagnosed with IPF…Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. At the time I had never even heard of this disease and honestly wish I still hadn’t. To simplify, IPF causes scar tissue to form in the lungs. As the tissue becomes scarred and thicker, the lungs lose their ability to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream. It’s diagnosed as idiopathic when doctors cannot find a known origin or obvious cause. Currently there is no cure and it is life threatening.
Unfortunately, more than 200,000 Americans will be diagnosed with IPF this year. The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is dedicated to help find a cure for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), advocate for the pulmonary fibrosis community, promote disease awareness, and provide a compassionate environment for patients and their families.
For the next two months the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation will be our “Charity of the Month”. The monies raised will be donated in honor of our dear friend who has handled this devastating news with both courage and grace. May God bless and keep him now and always…He his our hero!