Versailles Baptist gives $100 gift cards to restaurant workers
Several people who attend Sunday services at Versailles Baptist Church are also regular customers at Callie’s Homestyle Restaurant and Melissa’s Cottage Café. So when church leaders heard about the second shutdown of restaurant dining rooms in response to a rise in COVID cases, they became concerned about service workers who would likely struggle because of the governmental action, Senior Pastor Michael Cabell said. Fifteen employees at Callie’s and 12 employees at Melissa’s each received a $100 Kroger gift card from Versailles Baptist Church, Cabell said. He said the gesture of giving each employee $100 was a way to show them someone cares. “The financial gift,” said Cabell, “is secondary to the gift of saying, ‘We really care about you.’” Judy Martin, the owner of Callie’s, informed the Sun about the church’s generosity in these uncertain times. “I’d like for people to know what they did for us and for Melissa’s,” she said. “… This community is amazing. That’s all I can say. They’re amazing. If I was in Lexington, I wouldn’t still be open.” Cabell said Versailles Baptist Church has exhibited a heart for helping others during the pandemic. “So that’s part of the DNA of our church is to help people who are struggling,” he said. Martin said her employees cried when they received the gift cards. Many told her they would spend the money on food. “They’re all thinking practical this year. They’re all thinking simple because that’s what we have to do,” she said.