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Upstate Giving, April 20, 2020

Staff Report //April 20, 2020//

Upstate Giving, April 20, 2020

Staff Report //April 20, 2020//

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Kolache Factory uses customer donations to feed hospital workers

The owner of the Kolache Factory in Powdersville, like many other restaurateurs, has received his share of goodwill and support from loyal customers. When that support reached around $400 from small sums of cash passed, on top of purchases, through the drive-through window, Dean Lord decided to pay it forward.

Lord took those contributions and some of his own money and started making kolache deliveries to local hospital workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release. So far, Bon Secours St. Francis, Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital, AnMed Health, and Prisma Health Baptist Easley Hospital have benefitted, the release said.

“A lot of people want to do something and don’t know how to help,” Lord said in the news release. “So, to me, this is the best use of the money.”

Lord said customers would hand him extra money after a transaction and tell him to do something good with it.

“I take some of the money they have given to me, add to it myself, COVID-wrap everything and coordinate with local hospital community organizers,” he said. “So, when they ask me to do something good with the money I am — but it’s not all about me.”

Lord also recently started an Adopt A Frontline Hero Go Fund Me page to make it easier for others who want to help donate kolaches to hospital staff.

The Kolache Factory is also providing grab-and-go breakfasts for medical workers and first responders for the rest of April.