PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT)- Five Paragould businesses are partnering together to "pay it forward."
Kiss the Cook Restaurant and Catering spear headed this project in May and four other businesses have joined in to help. Kiss the Cook donates a percentage of their lunch proceeds to a chosen recipient while the other businesses auction off items on their Facebook page.
"So much is going on in the world, so much bad and what can we be doing to help," said Libby Glasco, owner of Kiss the Cook.
Glasco said in May she was watching the news with her husband and got an idea.
"I looked at him and I said I feel like I need to do something, like we could be doing more," she said." "We have a 100 percent jar which is out on the counter then we do a percentage of our lunch proceeds from the whole day."
Soon four other Paragould businesses jumped on board: Something Sweet, Willow Salon, Alvin Taylor's Flowers and Skinny J's. Today's recipient is Patricia Butler, a Jonesboro business owner who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
"This week in fact she had to have part of her liver and colon removed," Glasco said. "She was a single woman who owned her own business so that touched my heart very closely."
Ten years ago Glasco found herself in a similar situation.
"I found out I had to have a heart oblation for a heart issue I had so immediately what came to mind is I have no insurance, this is my only source of income, what about my children," she said.
Glasco was $50,000 dollars in debt after her procedure and had to file for bankruptcy.
"Thank goodness it didn't touch my business and I was able to continue on," she said. "I just realized how blessed I was as a human being and to want to always be able to give back to someone who might need that or who might be in that situation to maybe prevent them from having to be in that situation."
After her surgery Butler contacted Glasco with an unexpected request.
"Last night her sister messaged me and said Patricia and asked that the money that we would have given to her be donated to someone who might need it more than her," Glasco said.
She said she would like to see this project grow over the next few years.
"Your showing love and it's an expression of love to someone who that may be the only expression that they get."
Glasco said her next goal is to reach out to corporations and see if they will match their amount.