Restaurant owners donate meals and good will to the community
CROWN POINT- During these tough economic times, it seems that nearly everyone has had to make a new notch or two in their belts as they tighten them up. In the face of high rates of unemployment and numerous economic downturns, two individuals are doing all that they can to give people in the Northwest Indiana region a little bit more breathing room, and a little bit more slack in their belts. Owners of the Crown Point Ponderosa, Gerald and Jimmie Sue Farmer, are going above and beyond the call of duty to help make a difference in their community. For over a year the Farmers have been making donations in the form of free meals, baked goods and monetary gifts to numerous service organizations and schools in the Northwest Indiana region, and they are doing it at their own expense.
One of the hospitals to receive these donations was The Methodist Hospitals. Methodist Hospitals, a safety net hospital, provides millions of dollars of charity care a year to the Northwest Indiana community. In addition to the hard work and service provided by the employees of Methodist, Jimmie Sue has another special connection to the hospital. Sandra Pikula, Jimmie Sue’s sister, worked for Methodist for many years. Mrs. Farmer recalls that, “My sister loved Methodist. She worked very hard and long hours. I knew that she loved it there and how hard she worked. That’s how I knew that the rest of the faculty at Methodist were also hard workers and deserved to be recognized for their service to the community.” Jimmie Sue went on to say that when she met Ian McFadden, CEO of the Methodist Hospitals, she could tell from the way that he hugged her that he was truly appreciative. “He is a good man,” stated Jimmie Sue.
“It is individuals like the Farmers that truly embody the spirit of giving. Health care is a demanding profession and I know the employees at Methodist Hospitals truly appreciate the recognition and kindness from the Farmers. I applaud the efforts and good will the Farmers are creating within the community and know that they are making a bigger impact than they realize,” Stated Ian McFadden, CEO/President, Methodist Hospitals.
Through all of this though, the Farmers remain humble. “I don’t deserve any of the credit,” stated Mrs. Farmer, “All of the credit needs to go to God. It was his idea and he gave us the store to begin with.” Although the Farmers are still feeling the effects of the economy, they are able to pay their bills and they are making a huge impact on their community. “It breaks my heart to know that so many are suffering right now. I love my community and everyone in it. That’s why I feel like this wasn’t really an option and why cost does not matter,” stated Jimmie Sue. “It truly makes you feel good to do good. Words can hardly describe the feeling I get when I know that I have helped another.”
The Farmer’s Ponderosa is located at 1498 N Main St in Crown Point Indiana.
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