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Montgomery boy donates cash to Newberry restaurant workers

A giving young man spent around four weeks gathering donations to answer the call to a “tip challenge.”

Giovanni Dellomo gathered around $1,000 cash to surprise the staff of Mileto’s Sub Shop in Newberry with tips.

“I’m doing it to make someone’s day,” the 8-year-old said. “People are losing their jobs during this hard time during the pandemic. I just want to do something for someone.”

A tip challenge encourages patrons to collect money to donate to the staff of local restaurants to help support them during the pandemic.

After watching his mother, Alicia, and Aunt Kim complete a tip challenge for the Trail Inn in Cogan Station, the Montgomery boy decided to step up and do one himself.

“After they did it, it inspired me to do it,” Dellomo said.

Dellomo chose his favorite mom and pop sandwich shop to help — which is Mileto’s Sub Shop.

Kristi Ardrey, the owner of Mileto’s, said she appreciated what Gio did for her staff.

“Gio is a very sweet kid — he is very entrepreneurial,” Ardrey said. “(My employees) work very hard. We are very busy and they are deserving of this.”

Ardrey will not see a cut of the raised money–all of it is being evenly split amongst her employees. However, Gio had a present for her as well.

“He knew I liked bacon, so he brought me bacon,” she said with a laugh.

“We appreciate him and it was a great surprise for the staff,” Ardrey said. “They definitely didn’t expect it to be that much. It is very appreciated by them.”

Dellomo is working on a third project to give to restaurant workers. He does not know where the donations will go next, but he is in the process of collecting the money.

Dellomo had a message of encouragement for the rest of the community.

“Do something for somebody,” Dellomo said.

Alicia Dellomo, Giovanni’s mother, said she is proud and unsurprised by her son’s donation.

“He’s always been so giving and kind-hearted. He’s just one-of-a-kind,” Alicia Dellomo said. “Right now, he’s working on another tip challenge. He already has $100.”

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