Servers at JW Snack’s will donate Thursday’s tips to help Craig family
At a Glance
When: April 20 from 4 to 10 p.m.
Where: JW Snack's Bar & Grill, 210 E. Victory Way Craig
What: Enjoy drinks and/or a meal and leave a tip
Why: Tips and donations will benefit the Klein family of Craig.
Craig — The bar manager and servers at JW Snack’s Bar & Grill will donate all their tips from Thursday evening to help raise money and awareness for the Klein family of Craig.
“I’ve seen this community make magic before. We are hoping people will do so again,” said Beth Payton server and bartender at JW Snack’s.
An anonymous donor plans to partially match tips and donations made at the restaurant by the community on Thursday.
All four of Krissy and Zach Klein’s young children suffer from Chiari malformations.
These are structural defects in the cerebellum that most often occur during fetal development pushing the brain into the spinal canal and brain surgery is one of the treatments, according to the website of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
“Haleigh-Ann, age 9, will undergo decompression surgery and occipital-cervical fusion May 15, and her sister, Aveahna, age 8, will undergo an occipital-cervical fusion and resection of her odontoid bone on May 17 at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Center,” Krissy said.
To help the family with medical costs, the team at JW Snack’s will collect tips and donations in giant glass jars from 4 p.m. until close while wearing special purple t-shirts printed at a discount by Jeremy Browning of Chaos Ink in Craig.
None of the servers have close ties to the Klein family, however “we all have children, and I would hope that if I were in a similar position that the community would help me. I couldn’t image being in their shoes, it has to be an awful place,” said Bar Manager Michelle Jones.
The family has to pay about $66,000 upfront for surgery and the month long hospital stay. They are battling with insurance to try to get more of these costs covered. They will also need money for food and transportation in New York City.
“We can’t raise the amount of money they need, but we can raise awareness. Stop in to make a donation,” Jones said. “They need help and every little dollar helps.”
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