Saturday, June 30, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Posted by Lonni Leavitt-Barker at 10:54 PM
I thought you'd enjoy reading the impact so far on the Tim's Place story that aired on the CBS Evening News. It's pretty cool. This is an email from Tim's father, Keith:
I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Father's Day weekend. We had a blast!
Here's a brief update on impacts of your story (so far):
The "Place" is packed. Starting last Friday, we've had record crowds. Father's Day was a record for one day sales - we even ran out of eggs and had to send someone to the grocery store!! Lots of out of towners had seen the story and dropped in. Also lots of locals who had never visited before. The hug counter rolled over past 19,000 on Sunday when Tim delivered a record 172 hugs!
Tim's Place Facebook page has over 750 new likes and a very lively flurry of conversation. Tim's personal Facebook is very, very acitve as well. People all over the world in the Down Syndrome community are sharing the story.
Tim's Place website:
We've had around 200,000 hits on the website since your story aired. We had around 92,000 on Father's day alone. We've passed 265 people who have taken the time to write in and send Tim a Wish. You can see those posts at www.timsplaceabq.com under the Send Tim a Wish tab.
Special Olympics International:
Tim Shriver's organization sent a blast about the story. You can see it here: http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympics They followed up with an email to all their North American delegations this week.
National Down Syndrome Congress:
The Congress sent a blast email to their members worldwide on Friday and posted links to the story on their Facebook page. They report that they think the story is "viral" within their membership.
We were contacted today by our local newspaper in Albuquerque. We've been after them since we opened in October 2010 to do a story on Tim. They've told us that restaurants are not news. Apparently your story changed that as they're coming by tomorrow for a story that will run in their Sunday edition.
CBS News website:
We've been watching the traffic on your website. As of right now the story has 9,100 likes on Facebook on the On The Road page and around 1,700 likes on the Sunday Morning page. What other feedback have you gotten on your side?
Thanks again for what you've done.
We'll keep in touch,
Posted by Lonni Leavitt-Barker at 1:27 PM
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Posted by Lonni Leavitt-Barker at 10:23 PM
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Posted by Lonni Leavitt-Barker at 10:54 PM
Friday, June 15, 2012
If you didn't get a chance to see the story on the CBS Evening News about "Tim's Place"... take a few minutes to watch it now. This is what television should be.
Les wrote: "Thank you Steve Hartman, Miles Doran , Allison and all the folks at Tim's Place...folks, this is why I still look forward to work, and love Journalism. Lonni- Lonni Leavitt-Barker ...hope we did Keane proud! http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57454369/tims-place-restaurant-takes-unique-approach-thanks-to-special-owner/?tag=showDoorLeadStoriesAreaMain%3BENLeadHero"
Posted by Lonni Leavitt-Barker at 9:30 PM
The other major highlight was going on a date with these two...
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Several very busy years passed and suddenly Tim was in first grade. Our family had grown and we now had four sons, all two years apart in age; Tim being second oldest.
More time passed and now Tim was in
What happened next was described to us later by Tim. "The team dented the lockers in the hall with those guys, Tim said. "Oh, and they called them bowling balls and slid them down the hall, too. The "bad guys" were warned that if they ever went near Tim again they would be very, very sorry. Some angels wear football uniforms and cleats.
So far Tim has filled 18 thousand plus orders for hugs at his restaurant!
Saturday, June 9, 2012
My little man, Keanut moved to a new level this morning. For, oh, it feels like forever (but it's probably only been a year), we have been dealing with the issue of him throwing his food from his high chair.
And I mean, throwing his food.
Nearly everything gets tossed.
Most of the time, it land on the floor (just call me Cinderella-- I swear I spend half of my life cleaning that floor).
And sometimes it lands with a smack on Reese (who is lucky enough to be seated in his firing range).
She's so used to it, she rarely even reacts anymore.
Routinely, we just pick it up off the floor and try to get him to eat some of it-- which eventually happens.
Anyway, we have tried EVERYTHING!
And this morning was no exception.
He ate a few bites of pancakes (blueberry- which is a bear to clean) and chucked a few pieces.
After I scolded him for the 9 thousand 800 and 42 gazillioneth time -- and I'm not exaggerating...
he took his pancake piece, slid his arm down his side, underneath the high chair tray and casually dropped it on the floor.
I'm sure he didn't think I'd notice.
And then he did it again.
I was so surprised by his new level of "trickiness" that I had to look away....
lest he see my smile and grow encouraged.
He may not talk or walk but he has a Doctorate in driving his mom crazy.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Posted by Lonni Leavitt-Barker at 10:04 PM