December 24th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

Applebee’s staff trades Christmas party for compassion

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In keeping with the Christmas spirit, employees of the local Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill decided to put emphasis on the “neighborhood” part of their moniker.

Photo by Brandon Hicks The staff and guests of the Elizabethton Applebee's decided against a Christmas party this year, electing instead to give these and other gifts to a family of six (a mother and her five children) from a local women's shelter.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
The staff and guests of the Elizabethton Applebee’s decided against a Christmas party this year, electing instead to give these and other gifts to a family of six (a mother and her five children) from a local women’s shelter.

This season, the staff of the Elizabethton Applebee’s elected to forego a company Christmas party to “adopt” a family from an area shelter.

For the past several weeks, servers, cooks, hosts, managers, and others have donated time, tips, and their personal savings to make sure a mother and her five children are able to open gifts on Christmas morning.

Manager Lynn Parnell – who employees and managers credited with conceiving of the adoption – said she wanted to take her company’s notion of community into the actual community.

“It’s such a tough time of year, and a lot of people are having a really hard time,” Parnell said. “I was just trying to figure out a way it would give us an opportunity for us to make a difference for somebody in the community.”

After doing some research, Parnell said she found a family at a shelter that was only recently preparing to move into its own home.

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