A Community Helped Beloved Starbucks Managers by Raising Over $40,000
In a heartwarming turn of events, a community in Huntington, West Virginia came together to support one of their own. Karen Collingsworth, a dedicated Starbucks employee at Marshall University, found herself facing an unexpected setback when her car was vandalized, leaving her in need of a new one. What followed was an incredible outpouring of generosity and love from her community.
Karen Collingsworth, known for her warm smile and personal connections with customers, encountered a major hurdle when her old car was broken into and severely damaged, including the theft of her catalytic converter.
As news of Karen’s predicament spread, her colleagues and the community decided to take action. They initiated a GoFundMe campaign with the modest goal of raising $5,000 to help her get back on her feet.
The response to the GoFundMe campaign was astounding. Donations began pouring in from all corners of the community. These contributions were not just financial; they were accompanied by touching messages of gratitude and admiration for Karen’s unwavering kindness over the years.
One donor fondly recalled how Karen knew their name and order by heart, making each visit a special experience. Another, a Marshall University graduate, expressed the lasting impact Karen had during their time at the university.
“Karen always made me smile when I came into Starbucks everyday! She knew my name and my order by heart. She really cared about everyone who came through the doors. When I graduated, she gave me the biggest hug and made me promise to come back and visit! I love you Karen!” one donor wrote.
The campaign raised nearly $40,000 for Karen, far surpassing the initial goal.
As Karen looks ahead to a brighter future, she does so with the love and support of the community she has touched so deeply.
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