“My youngest son is 6-and-a-half and in first grade," says Ferguson, a father of three. "He could have been one of those babies our country lost last week. I feel for all those parents that have experienced such a devastating loss. Like our whole community, I felt so helpless watching the news. I wanted to do something to try and help."
He chose to give proceeds from the day to NAMI, which has an office in Durham, because he wants people to know that there is help for those supporting family members with mental illnesses. "I wanted to help raise money for services and resources that are needed to support these families," Ferguson said.
"They are not in this alone. Our community is here for them."
With some support from vendor US Foods, The Original Q Shack will offer a plate or sandwich of beef brisket, chopped pork or sliced turkey breast. Each plate comes with a choice of two sides, which include fried okra, BBQ pinto beans, coleslaw and mac and cheese, and each sandwich is served with one side. Like always at The Q Shack, every meal comes with hushpuppies.
Ferguson says he's ready for a big turnout and hopes to make an impact for NAMI. The store will be open during regular hours, 11am to 9pm today, Jan. 2nd.