Pancakes for Woodmore

“I think the big thing is that our team members really wanted to give back — this tragic event touched a lot of people’s hearts,” said Cleveland managing partner Leann Pulliam.

The Brainerd, Cleveland and Hixson LongHorn restaurants raised a total of $2,845 by hosting pancake breakfast events over the past few weeks. The Hixson location started things off with a breakfast on Thanksgiving weekend.

“My assistant manager, Whitney Summerlin, really wanted to do something because he has children who are in elementary school in (Hamilton County) and it really touched him. He started talking to team members and we put together a pancake breakfast that weekend. He really spearheaded the whole thing and I was really proud of his involvement,” said Hixson LongHorn managing partner Deann Burris.

The Cleveland and Brainerd stores followed the very next weekend.  While the managers admitted that their turnout wasn’t huge for the quickly planned pancake breakfasts, they were grateful for the donations that still came in.

“Our turnout wasn’t as big, as much as the opening of wallets was. We had a lot of people drop off money,” Pulliam explained.

Trey Ganem Designs

No parent should have to worry about what casket to bury their child in. Sadly, parents of the children in this accident were faced with that decision. Thankfully, Trey Ganem Designs stepped in to help. Mr. Ganem and his team worked with each family individually to create a custom casket the reflected what their child loved and donated them at no cost to the families. Mr. Ganem drove them from Texas to Chattanooga on Thanksgiving Day. Diamond Brown, the parent of Dy'munn Brown, said it was the first thing to make her smile since the accident, "I'm just so grateful," Brown said, "God bless these people for doing this for our children. It means so much to me and I know it means so much to the others."

Food City

Food City - and almost 100 community celebrities - shared their love on November 22 at the grocery chain's annual celebrity Bagging Day, an event which takes place at their stores across the nation. Locally, they dedicated the proceeds to the Woodmore families and raised more than $10,000 - in no small part thanks to the help of celebrity bangers such as city councilman Chris Anderson, Tyler Yount, Cyndee Simms from Goodwill, Lynzi Archibald from Miller & Martin, Sheriff Gary Sisk, Congressman Chuck Fleischmannand the US101 crew - Ken, Mo, Madison, Kelley, Daniel, Dex, and Styckman.