AURORA — In a place where you can get your daily pick-me-up, Jake Wickline wants to offer something more.
"This weekend, a huge portion of our sales plus this huge jar and everything are going straight to him and his family," Wickline said.
Wickline owns Legends Coffee in The Southlands Mall in Aurora. His friend and former employee Cisco Gonzalez just moved from Colorado to Paradise, California. On Thursday, the quickly moving Camp Fire destroyed the home and nearly all the belongings of Gonzalez, his wife Melissa, and their four kids.
"I feel like we just finished unpacking our last box, kinda really getting settled, you know, and this happened," Gonzalez said.
That's why at Legends Coffee, Wickline decided to donate all their tips and at least 30 percent of all sales to help Gonzalez and his family get back on their feet.
"He's a good buddy of mine. He came alongside me to get (Legend Coffee) off the ground," Wickline said. "He worked with us all day, every day, for about two years now."
In just one day, Wickline says he's already raised more than $4,000.
"I've had to empty that jar like five times today, you know, people are just beyond giving. It's been really, really humbling to watch and see," Wickline said.
Gonzalez and his family are now staying with his brother-in-law in California. He says he is grateful for the donations.
"Through all this craziness, you know, just to see how people come through and don't hesitate to help has been such a blessing," Gonzalez said.
If you want to help, Wickline has also set up a GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/cisco-and-family-relief-fund.
"Anything and everything to bless this family, that's our main goal here," Wickline said.