You may recall the story of Rosa’s Fresh Pizza from the first time we covered it back in March 2015.
The Philadelphia-based eatery is making sure kindness isn’t only a slogan in the City of Brotherly Love. They invite customers to pay it forward by pre-purchasing$ 1 slicings of pizza for homeless patrons.
And people merrily chip in.
Our interview with Mason Wartman, proprietor of Rosa’s, and some of his customers was viewed over 35 million times on Facebook alone.
And you, Internet, took a page out of the pay-it-forward playbook, sharing the narrative over 800,000 hours!
Since then, Wartman says, business at Rosa’s has been picking up steam.
His email update four months later had us smiling ear-to-ear:
“It has been more than three months since you posted our narrative on Upworthy. It’s been a CRAZY past couple months, but the business is both making more fund and helping WAY more people than ever before.”
As of June 2015…
Rosa’s has given away more than 23,000 slicings( a 130% increase in just four months !) and is providing dinners free of charge to up to 100 people on any dedicated day. The uptick in business entails Wartman needs more employees. And true to Rosa’s pay-it-forward spirit, he’s hiring through agencies that connect homeless folks with jobs.