EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) -- A local business with a unique connection is stepping up to help Lane County Sheriff’s Office deputy and his wife injured in a hit-and-run incident in Mexico.
The Streets food cart on Sixth Avenue will donate one hundred percent of its proceeds to Michelle and Drew Wattier on Saturday, January 12. The donation is unique because the people working at Streets met Drew years ago at the Lane County Jail when they were under arrest.
Juston Swan is the manager at Streets. In his past, he served time for drug-fueled crimes. He’s been out, clean and sober for more than two years now. The food cart has been his second chance to turn his life around and practice his passion of cooking.
Juston says he remembers Drew when he was being held at the Lane County Jail and whata good person he is. Hearing of Drew and Michelle’s injuries, Juston says he wanted to help, saying Drew is a person who truly cares about others.
“He is one of the guys down there [who] he cares about his job and he cares about the people that come through there,” says Swan. "Not only to his inmates, but his co-workers and he's a go-getter.. He handles his business when he has to.”
“We do care about him and we hope for recovery,” says Swan.
Streets fundraiser for the Wattiers starts at 9 AM on Saturday and goes until 3 PM. The cart is big on breakfast foods like cinnamon rolls and biscuits and gravy.
As for the Wattiers, some of the latest updates on their Facebook page say Drew has finally started to speak. He’s saying just a few words now, but it is big progress according to the family. Speech and motor function are still limited for both Drew and Michelle though.
For more information about the local fundraisers and condition of the two, click the following link: https://www.facebook.com/DrewMichelleXoxo