Toy store providing free food to neighbors
MISHAWAKA, Ind.-- A simple sign and table are helping to feed those in need.
Tom's Vintage Toys off of Lincolnway East in Mishawaka specializes in all things action figures and records.
However, over the last 2 weeks owner, Tom Klopfenstein, has had to change things up.
With no foot traffic due to state restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Klopfenstein has taken to the internet and created an Ebay store to help elevate his online presence.
Aside from trying to remain accessible to his customers while the physical doors are closed, Klopfenstein has also wanted to make sure he is trying to help his local community with their everyday needs as well.
Seeing the lack of product in the stores and experiencing the long lines, Klopfenstein says he wanted to do his part to help bring aid to those in need.
"So we put a table out there and its been amazing" says Klopfenstein, "Elderly people have come, homeless people have come to get food, and no hoarders have come and taken food. Everyone who has come so far has had a real need."
With new positive cases increasing everyday, Klopfenstein put out a table and sign saying "free food" with access to free, non-perishable food items.
The food was originally all bought and donated by Klopfenstein and his wife, Nancy. Then he says his loyal customers and people passing by all began to refill and over flow the table!
Tom hopes that in this time of crisis, people will continue to look forward with kindness.
"I hope people will look beyond themselves. I mean we get irritated because we're inconvenienced while there are other people who are going hungry. And there are other people who are dying and that really puts it into perspective" says Klopfenstein, "There's good people out there and we can all step up. We can all come together. I mean we can't come together, but we can come together as a community and help the people who really need it."
Tom says the table will be out 24/7 for those in need to take what will help them.
If you are looking to donate, feel free to drop any non-perishable food items off to the table directly.