TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The owners of TMC Customs say they wanted to give back to the community after its given so much to them. So they fired up the grill Sunday to feed those in need. 13abc's Michael Bratton spoke with the owners about their generosity.
“We just want to give back because we’ve come so far in such a short period of time,” said Elizabeth Ruffin of TMC Customs.
The co-owner of the downtown Toledo auto shop says her business has grown quickly since opening in 2013. So to thank the community for its support she and her co-owners started what they call a TMC Holiday.
This year's event focuses on giving back to those in need, something Elizabeth knows well.
"I was homeless 18 years ago with my son," said Ruffin. "And to go from being homeless myself to just coming this far, why not give back to the people that are in need?"
So the business partners fired up the grill and offered food to whoever came by.
"TMC approached me and said, 'We want to feed you guys today," and I was like, 'Really," said Tony Harmon. He's one of the many who took advantage of the generosity.
Tony says he wound up homeless after undergoing a surgery he couldn't afford.
"I lost my house in Maumee. I lost my Mercedes-Benz," said Harmon.
He's not from the area, but says the generosity he's found in Toledo is special.
"It's just a blessing that people that people out here give away, Harmon said. "I don't see nothing like this in Baltimore, Maryland. This is not something from the eatery. This is not something from the mission. This is something that came from someone's pocket."
Even Elizabeth continues to be surprised by the generosity of those in the Glass City.
"The people of Toledo are amazing," said Ruffin. "I had so many people stop by and just offer water, hot dogs, chips, anything."
Elizabeth and her co-workers are already planning next year's TMC Holiday. They say they hope to make the day an annual event.