Topeka might be a capital city, but there are a lot of small town values here. That's true of the entire state of Kansas for that matter. When natural disaster hits, we travel - no matter how far - to help one another pick up the pieces. When a neighbor is sick, his friends are there to bring the family meals or provide a shoulder to lean on. When a local, family-owned business is going through a tough time, the community is there to help it through.
That's what's happening to the Roundabout Cafe at 21st & Urish in Topeka. I know this is not the only locally owned business going through tough times. It's a rough economy, business fail everyday, why bother keep it afloat? Because a family of five - your neighbors - are relying on you to be more compassionate than that.
The cafe owner, Jill Bronaugh, isn't going out of business lying down. She's fighting because her family depends on it. Jill has set up a website in an effort to rescue the Roundabout. There, you'll find she's asking for $1 donations --- ONE DOLLAR --- to help save her cafe. She calls it an American experiment.
So far, this experiment has netted many donations... but unfortunately has also revealed a dark side of human nature. Recently, someone stole the cafe's contribution jar and a couple hundred dollars worth of donations with it. Don't let that be the headline of this American experiment. If the greater good doesn't win out, what hope do we have to teach youth, future generations - each other - the good feeling being charitable brings? That good outweighs evil? And that if one day they're in need, the community will not leave them standing alone?
Read why saving the business is so important to Jill and her family: http://www.rescuetheroundabout.com/
Stop in and see what the Roundabout has to offer. Support it with your donation - even if it's just $1 - and spread the word.