Local restaurants volunteer for "Big Hearts"
Story by Antwan Harris
Eyewitness News Reporter
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- Just one week out now, from the start of the "Big Hearts" makeover project.
On top of the thousands of volunteers, local restaurants are pitching in too.
More than 4,000 volunteers have already signed up for the "Big Hearts" build, a lot of mouths to feed.
Organizers are getting the food services groups together and now we highlight two restaurants, both small in size, but looking to make a big impact.
The owners of Lupi's Pizza and Mojo Burrito both say the "Big Hearts" build is a huge undertaking, but a double-edged sword.
It helps them as a business and complete strangers in need.
"Personally, it is a tremendous compliment," says Eve Williams.
"It will probably be the biggest community project we will ever be involved with and to me that is exciting," says Dorris Shober.
For Eve Williams and Dorris Shober, the "Big Hearts" build is not only a community project of epic proportions, but a personal victory as well.
Both will provide meals for the volunteers.
Williams, who owns Mojo Burrito, will be the first of many to serve.
She says the community coming together for complete strangers is most rewarding.
"That is the best way to help, that is with no strings attached, without any preconceived or expectations. To me, that is a true gift from the heart," says Williams.
She says oddly enough, the menu will consist of anything but burritos costing her about a grand out-of-pocket.
It may be hard work, but a small price to pay for such a big reward.
"It takes a lot of organization, a lot of logistics, and a big check list," says Williams.
Across town, Dorris Shober of Lupi's Pizza, takes a Monday off to recover from rolling in the dough, all week.
She says after receiving the phone call to cover the last day of the build, she didn't think twice about it.
Her goal was to pitch in as much as possible.
"A large part of it is just getting together with the community so that we can help someone or a family and that is gratifying to us," says Shober.
She says it's a daunting task, but it's who she doing it for that makes the difference.
"There's thousands and thousands of volunteers and it just shows what great community we have," says Shober.
Mojo will serve about 75 people, Lupi's about 350.
So far, 4,500 people have signed up and registration is still open.