EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- On Thursday night, a restaurant not far from the East Haven plane crash scene, gave the family affected part of every dinner bill, and the place was packed.
"It's devastating, we've been through enough as it is and now this it's sad. But if we can come together and show our support, that I think that makes a huge difference," said Michelle Delguidice.
Hundreds of customers showed up at a local restaurant in East Haven to help the victims of the plane crash. Chili's is donating 50% of Thursday's sales to support the family.
"Normally we do a give back night in which we give 10%. This when we thought we can do bigger and bolder. So we decided we would like to donate 50% of the sales from the entire day, not just dinner, but the entire day to help the families," said Ed Rafferty, Chili's Manager.
"It's a very sad thing and I talk to a lot of people that I work with, my friends, and you know I can't begin to tell you the emotions I feel over this. It's a wonderful thing, you never hear of giving 50% you know, and it's just a great thing that East Haven is a wonderful town to do something like that," said Marianne Chippo.
East Haven residents brought in donations and others sat down for dinner as a way to show support.
"We are glad to help out, everything we can do to help is great. The community has to stick together," said Chris Cawley.
Family members are grateful.
"We feel grateful. Nobody's doing a lot of thinking or talking. We are just trying to do our best to support the mother. It's a beautiful thing. It's a beautiful thing," said Montague Brantley, uncle of victims.
Chili's says the East Haven community has the family's back.
"Chili's as a whole is a very family oriented company. In East Haven, we always step up to the plate when something happens in the community," said Rafferty.
"It's a good crowd, people come out to help everybody and for the cause," said Chris Lombardi.
"I think it's a wonderful show of support. It's wonderful," said Joyce Giammattei.
"As far as community coming together, I know how much of a nice feeling it is in the long run to know that somebody has your back and can help you out when you need them," said Tina Lombardi.
On Friday, Chili's of East Haven announced that they raised $9,000 in sales and $1,200 in donations. The money goes to all the victims of the plane crash, including the neighbor who wasn't home at the time.
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