Raleigh Restaurant Owner Surprises Staff with Free Trip to Disney World
"I could cry right now. I don't think she'll ever understand how grateful we are for what she did for us," said employee Jasmine Kamel.
File this under "feel good:" One benevolent Raleigh restaurant owner gifted her staff with a free trip to Disney World.
The surprise came courtesy of Gypsy Gilliam, owner of State Farmer's Market Restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina. Late last month, Gilliam treated about 20 employees and their families — around 50 people total — with an all-expenses paid trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, including round-trip bus transportation, lodging, park tickets, and meals.
"It was so amazing. I cried a couple of times," said employee Jasmine Kamel in an interview with WRAL News. "I could cry right now. I don't think she'll ever understand how grateful we are for what she did for us."
"I have a 5-year-old son," Jessica Burr, another employee, said in the WRAL video clip. "I don't know what the future holds, but I know this is something I wouldn't be able to do for him. I am forever grateful to Gypsy, and I don't have any idea how to pay her back."
For Gilliam, the true joy for her is the gift of helping others. Gilliam told WRAL that there would be no restaurant without her staff and that she was blessed to be able to give them a little magic in their lives.
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Watch the video clip below.
Next time we find ourselves in the Raleigh, North Carolina area we know we'll be paying State Farmer's Market Restaurant a visit to keep Gilliam's kind deed moving forward.