Sandwich Shop Employees Collect Money for Widow After Husband Takes Life

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PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. -- About a dozen workers at a Mr. Goodcents sandwich shop in Prairie Village, Kan., including several teenagers, are donating their tips to a woman who lost her husband in an unexpected tragedy.

Suzie Bowman is a bank teller and a regular customer at Mr. Goodcents. She was moved to tears when she learned of the generosity of those at her favorite sandwich shop.

"I've been overwhelmed by this act of kindness," she said.

In July, Bowman lost her husband of 27 years when he took his own life. Bowman said financial issues unknown to her contributed to her husband's sudden and tragic death.

"Two grown kids, four grandchildren -- we had some good times," she said.

But right now Bowman is in financial trouble.

"It's been really hard," she said.

And that's why those at Mr. Goodcents are trying to help.

"Customers come over and they leave a couple of dollars," said Mike Schlecta, manager. "It adds up to a decent about -- about $100 a week."

Schlecta said when he heard about Bowman's loss and her mounting bills, he convinced his staff to help her.

"She's always been really sweet to us," he said. "She's always been like a welcoming face. We always hear stories about her and her husband, her family."

Bowman is humbled by their kindness.

"I think this is God's way of reaching out to me and telling me, 'I love you, Suzie, and I'm going to take care of you and I'm going to show you that there are still good people in the world.'"

Money for Bowman will be collected at Mr. Goodcents in Prairie Village for the first week of every month for the next sixth months.

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