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Successful first "pay what you can" day

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HERRIN -- Newman and Company opened Monday with the goal of raising as much money as possible to help someone in Southern Illinois. 

Instead of set prices, patrons just contributed what they could, no matter how little or how much. Newman and Company called the day "Pay what you can" day. 

Jacob Teal comes here often and says he's never seen so many people here at once. But he says it's not surprising, because when an opportunity like this presents itself, Herrin shows up. 

"You can tell that the community is really on board with this and they are really wanting to pour into this," said Teal. 

Robert Newman, the owner of Newman and Company, said every penny the restaurant brought in Monday will go to help someone in southern Illinois.He isn't taking out money for the cost of food or labor. 

Sharon Richardson and Sandra Dryden learned about the fundraiser Sunday night on Facebook .They knew they had to come out to support their community, even though they don't know who the money raised will go to. 

"We just wanted to be apart of it, so I called her and asked if she wanted to come and we did," said Richardson. 

For now, the plan is to make every Monday for the rest of April "Pay what you can" day.  If its successful, Newsman says they'll keep doing it.  Shawn Thompson says his fingers are crossed. 

"If he keeps it up, this will be where I grab my coffee on Monday's," said Thompson. 

Teal says he'll also be here to support the community every chance he gets. 

"As often as I could, I would come back and support something like this," said Teal. 

Newman and Company raised around $1,700 dollars. Tuesday, the restaurant will announce who the money will go to help. 

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