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Paying it forward

Diner to start lunch program


Names of patrons who have donated to the restaurant’s pay-it-forward program are displayed on gold signs. Pointing them out is Keith Hardwick, owner. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

As a way of living out their Christian faith, Keith and Trista Hardwick have started a unique “pay-it-forward” program to offer free sandwiches to the community’s hungry.

Patrons of the Hardwick’s restaurant, Don Downtown Diner, 208 S. Main St., can donate toward the program which will cover a $6 sandwich, chips and water lunch. It includes a $1 tip for the waitstaff, Mrs. Hardwick said.

“We’re hoping other downtown businesses might do the same,” she said.

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