Daniel Pitino Shelter Gets Donations from Coffee Fans

The Daniel Pitino Shelter in Owensboro gets food donated all year, but some donors are using a unique way to give back.

Customers at an Owensboro Starbucks are using their rewards to donate food and coffee.

Every day at the Starbucks on Frederica Street, they serve thousands of drinks to thousands of customers. But last week, a charitable trend started with one.

"One of our regular customers has accumulated a ton of stars and thought it would be a good way to give back, and opted to donate to the Daniel Pitino Shelter," says Scott Walters, manager at Starbucks.

The customer's 4,000 stars, collected through their Rewards program, used to donate at least 30 sandwiches to the shelter to be served before Christmas.  One act, leading others to follow. Walters estimates at least a dozen customers a day following the lead.

"We just had an organic conversation amongst our customers where people are asking, 'Hey, I heard people are donating their rewards, donating their stars. How can I help out?'" says Walters.

"One person stepping up and doing that, it doesn't surprise me that other people are stepping up and following along," adds Angela Settle of the Daniel Pitino Shelter. Settle says she wasn't surprised by this gift of giving.  The store's letting customers buy bags of coffee for the shelter. Their residents, and others they help, drink hundreds of cups a day.

"There's always people that are walking from their jobs, and they have to go several more miles before they get their meal, and they just stop here and ask if they can get a cup of coffee," she says.

Settle says the gift of this warm drink will warm the hearts of those they serve.

"I think its great," adds Settle. "Kudos to you for setting an example of giving back."
 


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