An Open Letter to the Waitress at Steak ‘n Shake

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  1. It is small things in our lives that make or ruin a day. For your little guy, this is all the more the case. Keep up the good work of recognizing those who get that!!! God bless you and Scott and the unnamed waitress.

    • Noel on July 15, 2015 at 09:29
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    The server’s name was De’Asia by the way. And I’m super proud of her. I work there as well.

    • lisa on July 15, 2015 at 09:32
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    Jaime M Brannock from Facebook says
    “De’Asia was server. I was woman on the phone. And Joy was in Georgia Rae’s pocket when they came to pick it up”

    1. You all rocked! It’s always special to see some one we love taken care of so well – from our friend Scott to his Joy.
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    • Debra on July 15, 2015 at 09:54
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    Such a exceptional waitress! She must be a beautiful person.

    • DeAsia Jackson on July 15, 2015 at 17:53
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    It is stories like these that make me love what I do! I plan to be a registered nurse , therefore, special request stand out to me because I am aware that sometimes the little things can make a person’s day. Scott and his friend [brother] were awesome, as they complimented me the whole time,especially about my bow tie. I knew it was my duty to get that swirly mustard , I kept bugging the kitchen about it. I had a blast serving you and I’m sure Scott was happy to know that we took very good care of Joy!

      • Hallie on July 15, 2015 at 19:45
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      Well De’Asia, I’m a RN and I am glad to know that’s what you plan to do. The profession will be blessed to call you one of our own! It takes a lot of hard work and determination but it’s all worth it so never give up!

    1. Thank you for replying. I’m glad you could see how much your heart brought joy to so many people. This article/letter is getting so much attention and your actions have touched many hearts this week.
      You will be an excellent nurse.

    • Beverlee Dowdy on July 15, 2015 at 19:54
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    Hats off DeAsia! I have a special needs brother who I am the main caregiver/guardian for. It is those little things that to us are not important, but to them oh my. I would try to walk to the corners of the earth to make things right for Brad.
    May God richly bless you for your compassion of the needs of others.
    Good luck on your future…..don’t just follow that dream of being a nurse, CATCH IT!!!!!
    AND blessings to Scott, phone call receiver and anyone else involved!!!!!

    • Tina Kidd on July 15, 2015 at 20:25
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    I have a special needs grandson who was born with spina bifida. I love when people come up and talk to him and treat him like a normal 6 year old little boy. He has no mental deficiencies and is such an inspiration to any one who meets him. Even though he completely understands all that goes on around him, some may not. I don’t call him disabled, I call him differently abled. He is our little hero, just like the server is yours. You will be an awesome nurse, don’t give up, you have the heart and soul that says you can do this!

  2. I happened upon this post when a friend of mine shared it on FB. I have many friends with kids on the spectrum, sometimes multiple kids. I know how important the “little things” are. I was a nurse for twenty years before cervical spine herniations and pain (unrelieved by 4 surgeries and all the therapies, procedures, and meds available) disabled me. It gives me hope to see that there are nurses and nurses-to-be out there with the compassion needed for those little details. I’d always been detail-oriented, but when I made the unwanted change from caregiver to patient I realized just how important those little things can be.

  3. This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL…. thank you for sharing

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    • Doneita on July 16, 2015 at 06:53
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    Good morning Gregg and Hallee,

    I’m De’Asia’ mother and this story blessed me to read it this morning. However, I’m not surprised at all by my daughter’s service to your family. She has always been an Awesome and Amazing daughter and has made being a mommy effortless for me. It’s always a great feeling when your child is doing what you’ve taught them outside of the home. Thank you so much for sharing your letter, and may God continue to bless your family. Also, thanks for the padded tip, DE’ASIA is working to help pay for her nursing books and other expenses related to college as I’m sure you’re aware Hallee being that you are a RN as well, so be assured whatever you left was well spent. Thank you!

    1. I’m so happy that you were told about this article/letter. What a blessing to hear from you.
      I am actually not an RN. I am an author. I write Christian fiction and whole food cookbooks. Another commenter with the same name is an RN — and if you knew how uncommon the name Hallee/Hallie is, you’d think it was neat that she commented, too!

      God bless you and your family,
      Hallee

    • Isaac E. Hayes on July 16, 2015 at 08:23
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    Hi De’Asia this is your cousin from Chicago, Isaac! It’s a blessing to read the awesome work you are doing! May God continue to shine God’s favor and grace in your life. You will be a blessing to so many people in the world. Have a blessed summer!!

    • Mary Bardin on July 17, 2015 at 05:58
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    This story absolutely filled my heart with joy. I have a grandson with autism, and I know how important it was to him to keep Joy with him. I think the extra mile hotdog was a life saver for him. I can imagine what would have happened if the hot dog wasn’t exactly like he wanted. I will be in Frankfort today, and I will ask for you D’Asia

    • JaneWatts on July 17, 2015 at 12:08
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    I love our Steak and Shake here in Frankfort and since I go thru the drive in I have got to know Joshlin and she is wonderful always so nice and helpful I really like her and consider her an asset to he store thanks to all the great workers there

    • Andrea Herz Payne on July 17, 2015 at 18:53
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    De’ Asia, you and the Steak N Shake staff are angels! In the midst of a busy work day, it can be challenging to keep our patience and our hearts open …and….you’ve reminded us all of the difference we can make.

    Hallee, if you hadn’t taken the time to write such an evocative and touching acknowledgement of De’Asia and the S&S team, none of us would ever have known about it. Thank you for reminding us how important it is to take the time to appreciate others and thank you for giving us all the opportunity to be lifted up!

    With love and appreciation – Andrea

    • Dena on July 27, 2015 at 18:00
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    This story brings so much Joy to my heart. I am so glad that such a beautiful person was able to care for such a beautiful family. I believe that people like De’Asia are what keeps this world from becoming an even darker place. I am glad to hear that she will be a RN. That sounds like the perfect career choice for someone with such a big heart!

  4. As an employee of Steak ‘n Shake, I am very pleased to have read this story about one of my colleagues. I am a part of our HR team and De’Asia is a great example of the wonderful people we strive to hire and work with. Because good deeds like this matter to all of us, our guests and the rest of our team. Wonderful job, De’Asia. Thank you for making us all aware of her, Hallee. And of the rest of our crew who pitched in to help. I am glad to hear that Scott was reunited with Joy, because it does matter and it is important. Thank you, De’Asia, and team, for interacting with our guests in a very human and genuine manner. This is why I’m proud to call you my colleagues.

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