Waffle House co-workers raise money for Christmas after single father dies
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, Ala. —
A single father killed in a car crash leaves behind two little girls. Now, his co-workers are making sure the girls have a Christmas.
Bryan Sims was on his way to work at the Waffle House when he was hit. His co-workers knew they had to do something, so they started asking customers for donations.
"He's a really great guy, hard worker. He worked two jobs," Unit Manager Wanda Church said.
Church worked with Sims for more than a decade. She still remembered the last time she saw him.
"He was like, 'Mama! I missed you!'" Church said.
Sims left behind two and five year-old Charm and Janelle.
Sims made an impression on customers, like Sonya McDaniel.
"When he'd come in, he'd kinda be smirking a little. And I'd say, 'Nope, you can't come in you're not smiling today,' and he'd get a big smile," McDaniel said, "He was just so sweet and everybody loved him."
When the news broke, Waffle House started asking Sonya and other customers for small donations.
"They're just so sad for the little girls losing their Daddy, especially at Christmas. It's a horrible time for any tragedy and it breaks their heart," McDaniel said, "Usually all you see is the hands going into their pocketbook and donating."
Church called her co-workers a tight-knit family.
"Since they're part of our family, we would do it for our brother or sister. So why shouldn't we do it for our fellow associates?"