MURRAY, Ky. — On Wednesday, April 24, all meals for guests in the Oakley Dining Room at Murray State University were paid for by a generous contribution from the Kindness Revolution organization on behalf of Ed and Debra Horrell of Memphis, Tennessee.

The Oakley Dining Room is a pop-up restaurant managed by students in the University’s nutrition and dietetics program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Every Wednesday from March 13 to May 1, students in the senior capstone course co-taught by Dr. Karen Byrd, RD, LD,  and Mrs. Josie Bryant, MS, RD,LD, were responsible for planning, producing and managing meals to be served to guests.

Debra, who is a Murray State alumna, learned about the Oakley Dining Room from her parents, residents of Murray who enjoyed their own experience in the pop-up restaurant. The Horrells then decided to purchase all 36 meals for the April 24 diners as a surprise in the name of the Kindness Revolution, a not-for-profit organization founded by Ed with the objective of sharing acts of kindness by paying them forward.

“The Kindness Revolution is pleased to sponsor the meals for guests in the Oakley Dining Room for the second year!” Ed said. “We appreciate the opportunity to share our kindness cause with guests for lunch, and hope that this gesture will remind attendees to be on the lookout for local acts of kindness in the Murray community.”

In addition to having their meals paid for, diners received a bookmark and kindness bracelet as reminders to pay the gesture forward through their own acts of kindness — both large and small — for others.

“We appreciate the Kindness Revolution once again paying for the meals for our guests in the Oakley Dining Room,” Byrd said. “This organization sets a great example for our students to look for opportunities to ‘pay it forward.’ Coincidentally, the theme for this week’s meal was Earth Day. The gesture from the Kindness Revolution to be kind to each other aligned perfectly with the message to be kind to our planet.”

Photo: On Wednesday, April 24, all meals for guests in the Oakley Dining Room at Murray State were paid for by a generous contribution from the Kindness Revolution organization on behalf of Ed and Debra Horrell of Memphis, Tennessee. Murray State University student Bailey Lankster, center, the student manager of the restaurant that day, is pictured serving a table that includes Ed’s father and mother-in-law, Norm and Roberta Lewellyn, on the left.

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