Continuing a tradition that started in 2006 by our Salisbury, MD restaurant, staffs at nineteen Greene Turtle locations will donate all tips they earn on December 11, 2012 to purchase toys for local “Toys for Tots” programs and help bring the joys of the season to underprivileged children. Employees of the following locations have agreed to donate all the tips they receive:
Maryland: Annapolis, Baltimore (at McHenry Row), Columbia, Edgewater, Fells Point, Gambrills, Hanover, La Plata, Mt. Airy, Olney, Pasadena, Prince Frederick, Salisbury, Towson and Westminster
Virginia: Fredericksburg, Hampton and Leesburg
The Greene Turtle corporate offices will add $500 to the donations for each restaurant that raises a minimum of $1,000 in tips that day. “Tips for Tots” was the selfless idea of Corlie Brice, a bartender at The Greene Turtle in Salisbury. She arrived for her shift one cold December night in 2006 and noticed a sign on the neighboring business, designating it as a “Toys for Tots” drop-off site. She decided to use whatever tips she took in during her shift to purchase toys for the program; additionally, she enlisted her fellow employees and publicized her intentions to guests coming into the restaurant to increase the potential donation. That evening, she and fellow bartender Chris Tingle took in $700, an amount that proved even more valuable when the manager of a nearby Ollie’s Bargain Outlet agreed to give her a discount on her purchases once she explained her intentions. Since that inaugural effort, The Greene Turtle has donated more than $28,000 in purchased toys to local “Toys for Tots” programs, through the tips donated by restaurant employees, the corporate offices and additional gifts donated by other members of the community. Guests have rallied to the cause, occasionally giving tips as large as $50 to $100 on the purchase of a single beer. The staff makes shopping with the donated funds a team effort; armed with trucks, vans, and holiday spirit, they visit a host of area retailers that have largely agreed to offer discounts. There was no way for Miss Brice to know on that day in 2006 how many thousands of lives she would affect over the years from her seemingly small, kind gesture.
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