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Customers Line Wall Of North Texas Diner With Happy Thoughts

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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – When you walk into the Cowtown Diner in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square, it’s hard not to notice a wall filled with happy tales.

Hanging in the entryway are messages from customers who took the time to write down what makes them happy and thankful.

Some of the thoughts are quite serious, like one from a woman who is thankful her cancer isn’t spreading.

Others are somewhat humorous. One person simply put “toilet paper, where would we be without it?”

Regardless of the content, Cowtown Diner owner Scott Jones loves the sincerity.

“It really makes my day,” he said, “when I’m having a not-so-great day sometimes, everyone has them, I can go to the wall and read a few of these happy tales and it perks me up.”

Cowtown Diner customers wrote about a wide variety of people, places and things.

“I listed my husband, James,” said customer Erin Miller. “We’ve been married about eight months.”

“I’m thankful for my close friends and great family,” added Maegan Yehle, “my boyfriend and a great life!”

“My job here in Fort Worth,” said Donna Austin. “I moved here about a year ago.”

“I’m thankful for my husband, he is an amazing individual, and my two dogs,” explained Mindy Tooley of Fort Worth. “I’m thankful for the city we live in here and the downtown that we have.”

While the uplifting wall is a great a reminder of the spirit of the season it also benefits the Tarrant Area Food Bank.

For every positive message written, the restaurant donates ten-percent of that customer’s check to the non-profit organization.

The Tarrant Area Food Bank feeds people in need in 13 area counties.

“We want to be charitable anyway, but this just gives us an opportunity to do it as a community,” Jones said. “We’re doing a very small part of what needs to be done.”

Jones hopes to donate $5,000 by January 16, 2012. As it stands, he’s about a quarter of the way there.

“For every dollar that’s donated we can provide enough food for three meals,” explained Andrea Helms, the Tarrant Area Food Bank director of public relations. “ The need is every month, every day, 365 days a year, there are people who are hungry.”

Jones hopes he can help meet that need with one customer’s thankful thought at a time.

Customer Donna Austin wishes the Cowtown Diner well. “There are a lot of people who are struggling this time of year,” she said. “I think it’s wonderful that they’re [the Cowtown Diner] doing this promotion so the food bank can have a lot more food to help those in need.”

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