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Suspended Coffee Movement

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email
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UPDATE: 1/16/14 10:36 AM

It's a worldwide effort inviting coffee drinkers to buy an extra cup of coffee for those in need of a warm drink.

The 'Suspended Coffee' movement started as a simple act of generosity in a coffee shop in Naples, Italy.

"We have a lot of people in need, we have a lot of homeless in this town – and I think it's something nice to do and be able to help others,” says Tere Clegg, chef and owner of Mango Latin Bistro.

Participating businesses: including Mango, The Daily Grind, Crystal Cafe and southside Dunkin' Donuts were already doing a lot of this.

"They see people in need and they want to take advantage of these opportunities; they want to step up and be caring individuals,” says Michael Tucker, president and CEO of West Virginia Central Credit Union.

The owner of The Daily Grind agrees.

"Customers have come in before and gotten gift certificates and ya know, either leave 'em for somebody to use or they'll take 'em and hand 'em out,” says Beverly Yeager.

Simple acts of kindness reap rewards.

"I just think it's a great thing for people to pay it forward, ya know... do something for somebody else less fortunate,” Yeager says.

Mango's owner calls the movement very fulfilling.

"And when we have homeless, they come in and being a business owner -- it makes you feel like you're giving a little bit of what you get from your customers,” Clegg says.

It gives the people of Wood County the opportunity to get involved and help the restaurants ease that expense.

"And if we can step up and buy some of these suspended coffees and maybe do it in food opportunities that we might have, then that makes it easier for the business owners and it allows us to help those in need,” Tucker says.

It might just be a cup of coffee to us, but...

"It makes somebody's day,” Yeager says. “I just like to see people doing things to help each other out."

Tucker invites everyone here at home to take part by going to any of the businesses mentioned.
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It's an international effort inviting coffee drinkers to buy an extra coffee for those in need of a warm drink.

Wednesday the Suspended Coffee movement tried to set a Guinness record for suspended coffee purchases.

West Virginia Central Credit Union invites everyone here at home to take part.

Tere Clegg, chef and owner of Mango Latin Bistro says it's a great cause.

"We have a lot of people in need, we have a lot of homeless in this town -- and I think it's something nice to do and be able to help others," she says.

As a business owner, Clegg says it's very fulfilling to be a part of Suspended Coffee.

It makes her feel like she's giving back a little bit of what she gets from her customers.


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