Applebee’s staff trades Christmas party for compassion10:00 am | December 24, 2013
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.
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.