Dave McAdams and his wife, Tina, were an active part of their community in Oak Grove, Oregon, where they opened a coffee shop a year ago, he was a youth pastor, baseball coach, and an active member of the Rotary Club and Portland Ghostbusters group.
With inoperable cancer in his lymph nodes and a few weeks left to die, Dave went into hospice, but that’s when customers of The Local Coffee Company and people in the community came forward to help the family in their time of trouble.
The owner of a nearby coffee shop came forward to work in the store for free. “She closed her own shop for a day and ran ours,” Tina McAdams said.
That day was a record day for the drive-up coffee stand, as it made 142 sales to people who waited for longer than normal time for their coffees, lattes and cappuccinos and raised made $3,000 in sales and donations.
“I knew that I had to do something to help them keep their business afloat so that Tina could be with Dave,” said Pixie Adams, who owns Moonlight Coffeehouse. “So, I decided to take over their shop and throw all of the support I could through my business and my community their way.”
“I will always consider them friends more than competitors, and this is what friends do,” said Adams, who started her own business in 2017 after a tough fight with breast cancer and said it was an honor to help.
“I fought hard for more birthdays, and I want to do the very best I can for my community with as many years as I can,” Adams said, and plans to keep raising money for the family at her shop.
A Portland coffee roaster held a fundraiser for the McAdamses last month and made 100 pounds of a special brew which is named as Dave’s Loved Deeply Brew after his personal philosophy. All the money from sales of that coffee will go to the family.
Tina said that Dave has made a lot videos for people and he ends by telling viewers, “You are deeply loved.” She adds, “He just sees people for who they are,” Tina said. “He makes people feel like they’re the most important person to him.”
The couple also has a non-profit which collects hygiene supplies and helps poor people do laundry.
As we come into the holiday season regardless what or if you celebrate please be thankful, kind, and love one another….
In addition to his community activities, Dave is popular around town as his car is decked out like Ecto-1, the vehicle in the “Ghostbusters” franchise.
She said they were touched by so many visitors at the hospital, and Dave had no idea that he had touched so many people, she said.
It is indeed a difficult time for Dave and Tina, but we pray that they experience the healing and miracles of God this season.