It was hard for Friends of the Fallen president Karen Mordus to put into words how grateful she is for the Breakfast Shoppe and owner Kyle Algaze.
“He is just such a caring soul,” Mordus said.
The Breakfast Shoppe raised $3,215 for Friends of the Fallen in honor of local Marine William Taylor Wild IV, who was killed in March during a training accident in Nevada.
Friends of the Fallen, a group of volunteers located at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, provides assistance to families of the fallen. Taylor Wild’s father, Bill Wild, said the group was there when they went to retrieve Taylor’s body.
After Wild passed, Breakfast Shoppe owner Kyle Algaze asked Taylor’s father how they could help. Bill Wild recommended Friends of the Fallen.
After months of collecting donations, The Breakfast Shoppe presented a $3,215 check to Friends of the Fallen on June 29. To say thanks, the organization stopped by for breakfast Thursday morning and presented Algaze with a certificate.
“When we saw Kyle and what he does for the community, we just knew we had to do something else for him and to acknowledge him and The Breakfast Shoppe,” Mordus said. “The certificate was just a little something to show we wanted to give him something back.”
During the check presentation in June, Algaze said he was grateful for the community support, but said the entire day was “bittersweet” since Taylor was no longer with them.
Algaze said the certificate was just another reminder of the support the community showed.“The really neat part was to show the support for the community, and let everyone know that all their help came through and worked out,” Algaze said.
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