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Local Man Uses Social Media To Help Waitress Buy Christmas Gifts For Grandchildren

This is some of what was donated to Bernie. This is some of what was donated to Bernie.
KHQ.COM - When Mike Ellis and his wife, Diane, went to Shari's Restaurant on North Monroe for a late-night bite to eat, they did not expect to make such a connection with Bernie, their 18-year veteran waitress.
 
"We got to talking to Bernie, and all she would talk about was her grandkids," remembers Ellis.  "And we knew at that time that in speaking to her, and being around her for a little bit, that we were dealing with someone who gave to everyone else."
 
Ellis was so moved by Bernie and her selflessness that he started posting about their encounter on Facebook.
 
His Facebook friends quickly responded and whether or not the knew Bernie, they wanted to help make her Christmas a little merrier.
 
"People love to hear about givers this time of year, people who give to others before they would ever give to themselves," said Ellis.  "I think that's a part of the attraction of this."
 
So far, Ellis has received over $300 in cash donations, as well as gift cards.  A woman even called Avista and picked up Bernie's power bill for the month.
 
Bernie's colleagues at Shari's echoed Ellis' description of the hard-working waitress, saying she was an "outstanding employee."
 
Bernie's daughter explained that their family has had a rough year, but that Bernie, like Ellis said, is still always giving to others.
 
On Christmas Day, Ellis plans to deliver the gifts to Bernie when she goes into work at Shari's.
 
"We all have a Bernie in our life," said Ellis.  Maybe there's an opportunity for us to look literally across the street, and see if there's a Bernie in our life that we could all do something for."
 
When asked if he was surprised by the Spokane community's generous outpouring of support towards Bernie, Ellis said he was not at all surprised.
 
"Generous, giving, and loving hearts overwhelmed me today," said Ellis on Facebook in response to the numerous posts of support and donations for Bernie.
 
And, may generous, giving, and loving hearts overwhelm YOU this holiday season. Merry Christmas Eve!
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