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Dennys Receives Big Support After Weekend Robbery


ARDMORE, OKLAHOMA -- An Ardmore man was arrested after he stole donations for the Salvation Army angel tree at Dennys and as a result, employees say they lost some of their Christmas spirit.

But workers have gained it back and then some after some big support on Sunday.

Employees at Dennys say they were devastated when Gregory Byrne robbed the eatery of its donations intended for the Salvation Army angel tree.

Dennys management says there were seven angels on this tree needing gifts when Saturday's events took place, but after the support the restaurant received on Sunday, it was more than enough to take care of all of them.

"We did every angel on the tree and then some, there was extra to give to the Salvation Army," said Angie Morgan, general manager of Dennys.

Morgan says Dennys raised over 1,200 dollars on Sunday alone, with more still coming in.

Major Jeff Daniel, of the Ardmore Salvation Army, says he was just as surprised when he heard of the response the restaurant received.

"I was just stunned," said Daniel. "I thought there might be a little bit of a response but not anything like there was."

Tori Parrish was working when the robbery happened. She says you could feel the attitude change as the day went along.

"It was really nice to see that there's people that actually cared about what had happened and donated so much money to help us out and raise money for children that don't have anything," said Parrish.

But perhaps the biggest surprise employees say was when a family member of Byrne's came and donated as well.

"There's were no words to honestly describe how moved [we were]...there wasn't a dry eye in the place," said Morgan.

Morgan says she's grateful of all the community support to help kids they don't even know.

"It makes you speechless because there's really not enough words to describe how grateful you are," said Morgan.

Major Daniel says that there are still 81 angels in need of gifts. The deadline for having those gifts in is Wednesday, December 18.