When a restaurant dishwasher fell into hard times his co-workers unexpectedly stepped in to help.

The general manager of Ruffino’s on the River in Lafayette, Louisiana, told WUSA Kea Senegal had worked extremely hard to save up money to buy a car for his family.

So when the dishwasher had his vehicle stolen from the parking lot while at work, his co-workers pitched in to lift Senegal’s spirits with a holiday surprise. Muffoletto said:

“He had saved up for months to buy a car for his family.

He has a wife and two children — a 4-year-old and a 4-month-old — and when we found out what happened, we didn’t feel like we could let it go.”

Last week on November 28 his co-workers decided to do something about his misfortune.

The entire restaurant staff came together to purchase Senegal a replacement vehicle. They recorded the moment he learns that his “work family” had bought him a 2015 Chevy Malibu and his reaction was priceless.

Watch the video below:

Probably the most touching thing I’ve experienced in my 30 years in the business. Last week, our long time employee had his car stolen from the parking lot at Ruffino’s on the River. The staff decided that we had to do something, so we all pitched in and surprised Kea with a replacement. I can’t tell you how proud I am of our staff, their big hearts, and our family environment. A HUGE shout out to Don’s Wholesale Automotive. They heard what we were trying to do and matched the donations of our staff to put Kea and his young family in a reliable, beautiful car. Big thanks to Mr. Don and Dylan for your generosity and spirit of giving. You have customers for life!!!!

Posted by Chris Muffoletto on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Muffoletto shared the surprise on Facebook and wrote alongside the video:

[It] was probably the most touching thing I’ve experienced in my 30 years in the business.

He told Senegal in the clip:

“Listen we’re family and you’ve been here a long time, worked your butt off, we love you.”

Overwhelmed by emotion the worker breaks down in tears.

Chris Muffoletto Facebook

Muffoletto told the station he didn’t think the small act of generosity would become such a big deal. The manager said:

“It’s a great example of the staff and of the entire community.”

He added:

“It took three days to raise $2,500. Then, the people at Don’s Wholesale found out what we were doing and matched the funds. Their generosity was instrumental in this – they should get as much credit as anyone.”

The touching moment has been viewed over 156, 212 times.

Watch more video below:

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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3 Replies to “Dad Saves Up to Buy a Family Car Only to Have It Stolen — So Co-Workers Give Him a Heartwarming Surprise”

  • Craig Murphy 2 years ago

    It’s moments like these that make life worth living. A piece of advice however, get collision and comprehensive insurance for your new chariot.

  • Scott Kucera 2 years ago


  • Masterredfox 2 years ago

    I also hope that whoever stole the first car gets caught and prosecuted. Nice gift by coworkers.

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