East End Grill's act of kindness has lasting impact

Recognizing East End Grill owner for World of Kindness Day for providing Thanksgiving dinner to parents of daughter suffering from severe pneumonia two years ago.

Posted: Nov 13, 2018 6:40 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2018 6:53 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Nov. 13 is World of Kindness Day. News 18 is recognizing an act of kindness from the restaurant owner of East End Grill in Lafayette. 

Two years ago, just days before Thanksgiving, Hannah Michelberg's parents in California received a call from Franciscan Health Lafayette East. Michelberg had come down with a serious case of pneumonia.

“My oxygen level was dropping so low to the point where, every time I even moved I became septic, which means that your organs start failing,” said Michelberg.

The night before Thanksgiving, doctors put Michelberg on a ventilator and told her parents, who flew in a few days earlier to go get some dinner and relax. When they stumbled upon East End Grill, they were not expecting to receive a full course Thanksgiving dinner free of charge.

“Scott, the owner of East End Grill the one that cooked everything on his own came in when it was closed, said no like, I don't want you money you need this more than I do... you know,” said Michelberg.

Scott Trzaskus had opened the restaurant for business just months earlier and said what he did was something anyone would do.

“There's not a lot of options for people to find that are open on Thanksgiving so they came all the way from California and to me it was just what you do,” said Trzaskus.

Trzaskus said he just wanted to make the out-of-town parents feel at home, for even a little bit.

“This is what restaurants are for it's not just a place to go get a quick meal, it's having people into your house and that's just kind of how we view it,” said Trzaskus.

Michelberg, who is fully recovered and is graduating from Purdue in the spring of 2019, said looking back on the experience, she forever has a greater appreciation for her life and those who positively impact it.

“These people gave up their Thanksgiving to take care of me. It really puts everything in perspective,” said Michelberg. “In somewhere, where I’m so far away from my home, and they didn’t know me, they never knew me besides being sick but they gave everything to take care of me,” Michelberg added.

She said she’s planning on visiting the restaurant a few more times before she graduates.

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