Cleveland Subway giving proceeds, taking donations for Kauffman family

CLEVELAND — If you’re looking for a sandwich and a good cause tonight, Cleveland’s Subway might be your stop.

The sub shop is giving 20 percent of the total sales to shooting victim Marcus “Marco” Kauffman’s medical expenses until 10 p.m. tonight.

And the eatery’s owner, Kevin Jones, said record numbers of customers have rolled through the 11735 Statesville Blvd. restaurant.

“It’s been unbelievable the amount of customers that’s come through and shown support. It’s way beyond anything we’ve ever seen, customer-wise,” Jones said.

Kauffman, 25, was seriously wounded Dec. 2 after he was shot in the head during a home robbery. Kauffman was shot after he and his wife, Maryann, returned to their Chenault Road home in western Rowan County while the robbery was in process.

Jones said neither he, nor to his knowledge his employees, know the Kauffmans, but they wanted to find a way to raise funds for the reeling family.

“Me and my family talked about what we could do to help,” Jones said. “We felt like we had a platform here at the store to be able to help out.”

Jones said customers were still lined out of the door mid-afternoon on Friday. The store has also set up donation jars for folks who simply want to donate money. All of the money placed in donation jars will be given to the Kauffman family.

Although the store has been packed, he said, customers have made the shop’s atmosphere welcoming.

“You can tell everybody is here for a different reason than to get a quick sub,” he said. “That’s helped make the whole attitude a bit different, a bit better.”

Jones, who was quick not to take credit for the donation plans, thanked those who have come out as well as his employees for going beyond their normal duties.

But for the hungry at heart — and those wanting to help — Jones said the store will take donations until it closes.

“Come on out; we’re open ’til 10,” he said. “If you can’t come tonight, you can still find a way to reach out, especially this time of year.”

Contact reporter Nathan Hardin at 704-797-4246.

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