Pizza Guy Gets Famous By Being Kind

It’s so nice to get to tell a positive story every now and again.

This one comes from Ligonier, Pennsylvania where a local pizza place has become famous for caring for its community. Over the last week the entire country has been cold. But in Ligonier, PA things were down-right frigid and the streets were covered in ice and snow. That’s when local hero and pizza provider Tom Wynkoop of Fox’s Pizza Den came to the rescue posting this message to Fox’s Facebook page.



This goes out to our valued customers. If you have any medical history that involves respiratory issues PLEASE PLEASE do not attempt to leave the house. Do to the extreme weather conditions please call my cell phone and I will do everything in my power to have things brought to you (medications, food, etc…) NO FOOD ORDERING REQUIRED. 

News of Mr. Wynkoop’s kindness quickly spread across the internet and he (and his pizza place) is now famous – even getting onto the Glenn Beck show.

When local news organizations began trying to find out Wynkoop’s motivation for being so kind, he explained to them that “Ligonier is primarily an elderly community and he didn’t want residents with respiratory conditions venturing out into the harsh conditions. ‘The snow wasn’t the issue. It was minus 12 degrees with a wind chill factor of minus 30,” he said. As you get older, your lungs are not as healthy as they used to be.’”

”We just did it to be part of our community. Help somebody that needs help. Don’t be afraid.”

To say that Wynkoop is surprised by the reaction to his act of kindness would be an understatement. Donations have been pouring in from all over, and at first the good folks at Fox’s Pizza weren’t sure what to do with the extra cash. Not surprisingly, they turned their reward into more kindness for others. Wynkoop says that Fox’s Pizza Den of Ligonier will be matching all of the donations that come in and then they’ll be passing it on to the local Meals on Wheels, which does so much to help the elderly and shut-in.

Thank you, Tom Wynkoop and Fox’s Pizza Den, for giving us some good news to read about and proving that there is some good in the news!

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing and Bravera Holdings. He's also the managing editor at,, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their five wonderful children.

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