Tammie Davis has touched the lives of the Whites, the Nielsens and countless other families through her job at the Chick-fil-A in Ormond Beach over the last 18 years.
Selena White, of Ormond Beach, recalls a memorable moment in May 2006 with “Miss Tammie,” as she’s known in the community.
A little before Mother’s Day that year, Davis handed several mothers roses and customized T-shirts with photos of their children on them.
“I’ve always kept that,” White said about the shirt. “She’s just been a special part of our life.”
Kind gestures like that are why Daytona Beach resident Paige Scogin Nielsen thinks that nearly $21,000 has been donated to Davis’ recovery GoFundMe account in just 11 days, after Davis had a stroke on Aug. 16.
“It speaks volumes to the impact she has made on this community,” Nielsen said. “She’s been well known and well loved, a friendly face at the Ormond Chick-fil-A, for over 18 years. And she’s a large part of the personality there.”
The relationship Nielsen and her two children have with Davis goes back 15 years, sometimes even beyond the doors at Chick-fil-A.
“She is a good friend of ours, and for several years, she has had a seat at our table for Thanksgiving. We have her over, and we love her,” Nielsen said.
“It speaks volumes to the impact she has made on this community. She’s been well known and well loved, a friendly face at the Ormond Chick-fil-A, for over 18 years. And she’s a large part of the personality there.”
- PAIGE SCOGIN NIELSEN, Daytona Beach resident
Twenty-four hours after Nielsen launched a GoFundMe account for Davis, $10,000 had already been donated to help the 61-year-old South Daytona resident pay for medical bills and car repairs so she’ll be able to eventually go back to work at the Chick-fil-A in Ormond Beach, as well as the location on International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach.
“We’re so happy to do this for her,” Nielsen said. “She is so overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from the community. She’s just overwhelmed by it and very, very appreciative that everyone in the community has just joined together to help her in her time of need.”
While Davis always goes the extra mile to make someone’s day, White and Nielsen both noted they literally go extra miles for her too.
“Several years ago, we also lived in Daytona, and we were within minutes of another Chick-fil-A, but our family relationship with [Davis] and that Chick-fil-A was such that we would drive that extra distance to go to the Ormond Chick-fil-A,” Nielsen said.
White, who has three daughters, said she has even let people skip her in line so that Davis could take her family’s order.
“We’re going to go to the one with Miss Tammie,” White said.
Davis, who doesn't have children of her own, has watched White’s and Nielsen’s children grow up, and she still keeps a watchful eye on them.
“My senior and sophomore, they go out to Chick-fil-A at lunch time, and Miss Tammie is always keeping tabs on them, so she lets me know if they’re behaving or who they’re hanging out with,” White said. “So, she’s like their little protector.”
Davis is still recovering from her stroke, and doctors also found a blood clot on her brain. To donate, visit https://bit.ly/2LKJIqu or search for Tammie Davis on https://www.gofundme.com.