Around tables full of snickering, giddy children, the line snaked almost to the door. At the register, a customer took the sandwich someone had just made him and offered a more earnest, heartfelt thanks than usually heard in the world of fast food.
“Thank you all so much for doing this,” the customer said, sub sandwich in hand. “You’re doing an awesome job. Just awesome.”
His gratitude was directed towards the many volunteers behind the counter who, packed elbow to elbow, helped assemble his foot-long turkey club.
For two hours, Feb. 5, teachers and faculty members from schools along the North Coast volunteered at several Subway restaurants. In exchange for their time, franchise owner Mike Davies pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds to local schools.
At Subway’s Roosevelt Drive location in Seaside, manager Randy Osbourne noticed a dramatic increase in sales.
“We had a huge difference at my store,” said Osbourne. “There was a lot of people. It was about four times busier that it would be normally.”
That influx of customers, Osbourne said, accounted for about $4,000 in sales from Subway locations in Seaside, Warrenton and Astoria. Osbourne said that Davies (who was vacationing and not reachable at press time) pledged to donate approximately $200 to each of the eight participating schools. Should those numbers hold, the $1,600 aggregate donation would account for 40 percent of the total sales during the two-hour fundraiser.
Maureen Ogilvie, an educational assistant with kindergarteners at Seaside Heights Elementary, was one of the many volunteers dubbed a “guest sandwich artist.”
“Every school in our district has people participating,” Ogilvie said. “There are people here from Seaside Heights Elementary School, Gearhart Elementary School, Broadway Middle School and Seaside High School.”
“It’s great,” she added. “Lots of folks have shown up from all the different schools, and we all just fell into place helping with the Subway people who are telling us what to do.”
In some cases, Ogilvie was helping make meals for students she’d seen just hours earlier.
“Lots of families from our school are coming in, and kids from our school,” she said, “lots of familiar faces.”