Niagara Gazette — It can be rare to find someone who does good things for their community without expecting a reward. Bill Lizauckas, whose family owns the Corner Store on Oliver Street in North Tonawanda, never expected to be rewarded for his good deeds.
For the past five years, Lizauckas has placed a tip jar on the counter of his store, as well as one on the counter of the liquor store next door. The money that customers donate goes to aid disabled veterans in the area. On Friday morning, members of the Disabled American Veterans Post 120 surprised him at work with a token of their appreciation.
"I feel that he is the most caring storekeeper in North Tonawanda and Tonawanda," said Commander Gerald Tidd of Lizauckas, who was unable to be present when the gift was presented. "I urge all our vets to patronize his store. He has been collecting for us for five years, he gives us about a thousand dollars a year. It's outstanding, I really can't say enough for him. He should be commended by the mayor."
Receipts kept at the store reveal the total donations to be $2,339.49 over the past five years. The liquor store side has brought in nearly the same amount, according to Lizauckas. To say thanks for their help, the men from Post 120 presented him with a $100 gift card for Scotch N' Sirloin.
Lizauckas says he never saw the kind gesture coming. He was completely taken by surprise as he arrived for work Friday morning and saw his friends from Post 120.
"We like doing it," he said about his tip jars. "We appreciate the service and these guys deserve it. We know that there's a need for it."
He says that the idea for the tip jars came about a few years back when a friend named "Joey" returned, after serving two tours overseas, with signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.