Warehouse helps employee through difficult time

| September 11, 2018

Pictured from left are Warehouse Restaurant owner John Larson and two of his employees Michelle Walters and Julie Patterson. Walters recently lost her son and the restaurant raised money to help her through this difficult time.

COSHOCTON – Michelle Walters has worked at the Warehouse Restaurant for 12 years. When she lost her son, Sammy Walters, her co-workers and customers rallied together to raise more than $4,000 to help out in her time of need.

“Some people just gave donations in her name, but we also had a lot of raffles,” said John Larson, owner of the restaurant.

Julie Patterson, who also works at the restaurant, took the lead in organizing fundraising efforts.

“Between people and businesses we had over 80 donations,” she said.

In the end a total of $4,740 was raised by the Warehouse and Larson was very appreciative of everyone who donated.

“Thank you for your support during this very difficult and challenging time for Michelle,” he said.

Michelle was in awe of what everyone did for her.

“I hope no one ever has to experience anything like this,” she said. “I want to thank everyone especially all the people, including the kids who never stopped looking for Sammy.”

He was reported missing in late July and his body was recovered on Aug. 4.

“There were people that donated water to those helping search for Sammy and some who just stopped and asked if the family needed anything,” Patterson said.

Michelle is very appreciative of everyone who raised money and offered their support including those who brought food and her brother Dusty Wilkin who went out and searched with Dave Stone and Garrison Bryant from the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office.

“Thank you to everyone for their support and never giving up on the search for Sammy,” she said. “My worse fear was that we wouldn’t find him and everyone would quit looking. God bless everyone.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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