PARADISE, Calif. - A group of five people calling themselves the “FAB 5” are giving back week after week to local businesses.
Dr. Shane Smith, from the Specific Chiropractor, started leaving tabs for businesses back at the start of the pandemic in March of 2020.
He has since had four friends join him, and this week Joy Lynn's Candies in Paradise got some sweet support from the FAB 5 COVID Samaritans.
"Right now there are people who need to receive and there are people who have the ability to give, and just giving the opportunity and a place for them to do that has been really wonderful,” said Candi Williamson, FAB 5 member from Creating a Sustainable You.
The group of five has been going from local business to local business the past four months, giving people a free meal or treat on them.
"We encourage just patrons and people to participate and come to these restaurants,” said Smith. “Even if you don't want to partake on the tab you can add to it."
Co-owner of Joy Lynn’s Candies, Glenn Hartley, said this could not come at a better time since summer is usually their slower months.
"I appreciate people doing great things for our community and trying to make it a better place to live,” said Hartley. “This is just a great part of it."
The FAB 5 has gone to other places like Fresh Twisted Café. Manager Doug Hernandez told Action News Now that he appreciated the support, but it was more about helping the community than helping themselves.
Fresh Twisted Café ended up matching that tab, and paying it forward to the FAB 5’s next tab at Brooklyn Bagels.
"It means a lot just meeting people like Doug that was so gracious,” said Lori Lambert, FAB 5 member from Keller Williams Realty. “You know he didn't want to be in the video or photo, he just wanted to give back."
The outpouring of community has really touched the group. Smith told Action News Now about one mom who lost her job.
"She and her son were not really able to afford to go out to eat, and it provided them a lunch so they could go out and spend some mom and son time together,” said Smith.
The other two FAB 5 members who have been giving back are Jenn Brooks from Arbonne and Andy Isaac’s from Farmer’s Insurance.
"Hopefully this motivates you and some friends to go do something because it makes you feel good, and I am telling you we will all get through this,” said Smith. “Doing it with good people and creating new relationships, it’s just been a breath of fresh air.”
The FAB 5 will be leaving tabs at businesses on the Ridge over the next few weeks. They already have a whole list of businesses they want to visit, and open these tabs at a new spot every Friday.