‘I am the face of a lot of these businesses’: Kendall Yards’ to-go food runner serves up positivity
SPOKANE, Wash. – A little kindness and positivity goes a long way, especially right now. One man working in Kendall Yards had a plan, but then it changed because of the coronavirus.
Now, he’s trying to make the most of his few moments with everyone he meets.
The pandemic has impacted so many people in different ways. For Logan McDonald, he was supposed to start a new job in Kendall Yards. He did start a new job, but not the original one he applied for.
For five days a week, every morning, Logan McDonald takes signs out and puts them on the sidewalk to let people know there’s curbside pickup available.
“‘Bout that time, you ready?” McDonald said to Central Food Owner David Blaine as he walked into the restaurant.
McDonald was originally supposed to work at Indaba Coffee, but things changed. Now, he’s working curbside.
“I did not expect I’d be doing this job, but I really like it,” he told 4 News Now.
Working curbside, he see’s a lot of different things, talking to so many different people.
“Some days are harder than others. The weather can get crazy. Central food will do 50 orders in the morning or between Veraci and Umi, they’ll do 60 orders in the evening, and that can be a lot of running,” he said.
So much running back and forth for the job, he said on some days, he’s racked up 15 miles in one shift.
“It was kind of crazy. That’s the nature of being on your feet all day, walking back and forth,” he said.
In the last month and a half, he’s built relationship with customers and business owners.
“It made it possible. I couldn’t have done it otherwise. It was just me putting out a bunch of orders and then him running them to the curb,” Blaine said of McDonald.
McDonald does it with a smile on his face and sometimes a laugh, all underneath his mask.
“I think when it comes to positivity, you have to be intentional in trying to find that in people. If you’re really looking for the best in people and you’re continually assuming the best, then that’s going to be affirmed,” McDonald said.
That’s what he sees most of the time, positivity, and that’s what he’s trying to give — that and food.
“He’s kind of like the employee of the month this month and last month,” Blaine said.
“I am the face of a lot of these businesses. If all these businesses want to continue doing their thing and doing it well, it’s sort of my responsibility to make sure those customer interactions are really meaningful,” McDonald said.
He does that by giving people what they need in the moment: food and someone outside of their home to talk to.
“If I can give them a conversation, a story to tell, something that just picks up their mood, I’m more than happy to do that. It’s just as fulfilling as it is for me, as I hope it is for the people I interact with,” he said.
He’s seen a lot of good with former jobs in retail, as well.
“I’ve understood that people are generally good people, generally nice,” he said. “Seeing a crisis arise and seeing opportunities being made for people to work, and seeing the ways that people really try and support the community, whether it’s the restaurants or the at-risk people, it’s restored a lot of goodness, I think, in just people. It’s been really affirming in that sense.”
He’s grateful to have a job during these tough times.
“I’ve articulated how grateful I am. I can’t emphasize enough, in the craziness of the season, how important it is that I’ve gotten to not only maintain some social aspect but hopefully do some good in the community, both in the businesses and the people stopping by,” he said.
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