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Pizza shop workers get help with car damage
Mellow Mushroom gathers funds for employees whose vehicles were hit by tree
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Mellow Mushroom on Green Street in Gainesville held a fundraiser Friday for its employees whose vehicles were damaged last weekend by an oak tree that fell in the parking lot.

“There were five cars total that were hit. Three of them have been written off as totaled and the other two are in the process of being repaired,” said Trey Redmond, a manager at Mellow Mushroom, in a phone interview Friday.

Thirty percent of all sales Friday went to help employees with the cost of repairs or a replacement vehicle.

“We decided to come up with something that we could do to help offset that cost of being able to find a new mode of transportation for them,” Redmond said.

Throughout the week, donation jars have been set out for those wanting to contribute. Raffle tickets are being sold for a chance to win a 50-inch Samsung Smart television.

“They can just come into the front and tell them that they’d like to make a donation and we can get them set up,” Redmond said. “We’ll take a check or cash, and if they want to participate in the raffle they can, or if they’d just like to donate some money they can do that as well.”

Raffle tickets will continue to be sold for $5, or $20 for five tickets, until the drawing is held next Friday.

“Apparently it was pretty busy this morning and has been fairly steady,” said Redmond, who started his shift at 4 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. he said there was a decent wait time, and he expected to stay busy until at least 9:30 p.m.

Only two of the vehicles damaged had enough insurance to cover the repair costs. The other three had only liability insurance and won’t receive any damage claims from their insurance companies.

Pictures of the cars that were damaged can be found on the Gainesville Mellow Mushroom’s Facebook page.

“We’re just hoping to get as much as we can for these people,” Redmond said.

Donations of cash or checks can be made at Mellow Mushroom, located at 700 Green St.; phone, 770-531-1500.

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