Despite Tough Times, Local Business Goes Above and Beyond to Help Sick Employee

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

A local woman who has been sick for years says a lot of things became uncertain when her health took a turn for the worst. But the Domino's store she works for is doing more than she ever could have imagined to put those fears to rest.

Lynda Anthony has worked part time at the Domino's Pizza in Fruita for the last seven years. In that time, she says her health problems have gotten worse -- getting to the point recently where she hasn't always been well enough to work. But despite that fact, Domino's says she's always got work on days she feels up to it.

"They've always reassured me that no matter what happens, they would take care of me and that I can come back to work," said Anthony.

And when it comes to taking care of her, Domino's means it.

"Right now we're just trying to reach out and give her a helping hand," said Kyle Sweetala, General Manager of the Domino's Pizza in Fruita.

"It blows you away," said Anthony.

Employees have pulled together to give her money to see a specialist in Vail. Drivers are donating portions of their miles and tips to her. The company recently wrote her a check to cover her mortgage payment for the month. The store has given her family gift cards to sell, letting her keep all profits -- and it doesn't stop there.

"By the end of the week, we'll have buckets at local stores here in Fruita and we'll be raising money that way," said Sweetala.

Anthony says she's been overwhelmed.

"It just surprised me that in this economy people are so generous," said Anthony.

Her co-workers say she is an inspiration to them, and it was something they had to do regardless of how the tough times have impacted all of them.

"She has the health problems and when she's here she works hard, she doesn't let it get to her," said Sweetala. "She just kind of blows it off. She's a very strong woman."

Anthony says that support is her driving force to fight what she's going through -- and believes it will be one of the keys to winning that battle.

"They've just been everything for me, they've been very kind to me," said Anthony. "They're my family, they're just an extension of my family. I love them all."

11 News will let you know where those buckets will be once that plan is finalized.

If you know of any local businesses making a difference -- going above and beyond to help an employee, creating new jobs, or hiring laid-off workers among other things, we want to hear about them. Click on the link below to submit a news tip or call 11 News at (970) 243-1111.


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