By BRIAN SMITH
A “silly” thing to do will mean something serious to a group of people that need it.
Luke Ogle has been a customer at Hutch’s Pie and Sandwich Shop since he was a kid. Ogle, 32, recently took part in a Facebook contest as a promotion to name a “pie man”-style mascot for the business. Ogle, an automotive services manager for a Fort Worth car dealership, came up with “Mr. Doughjangles” after the country song of a similar name.
After more than a week of narrowing down names, Ogle’s suggestion won he and his family a year’s supply of pies.
“I can’t believe I won,” Ogle said with a laugh. “I was just doing it to be silly.”
Brandon Hutchens with Hutch’s said he was simply trying to develop a mascot for the business to aid in promotion. “To give the business a face besides mine,” he jokes.
What Ogle did next is far from silly, however. Ogle, a member of New River Fellowship in Hudson Oaks, decided there was no way he, his wife and his daughter could eat that many pies, so he decided to do the next best thing. He worked out a deal with Hutchens where he could take five months’ worth of pies and donate the rest to Center of Hope in Weatherford, where Ogle has volunteered in the past as part of the church’s men’s ministry program.
Hutchens went one step further and will be donating a meal a day to Center of Hope for seven months, or about 210 meals. Weatherford Center of Hope Director Jennifer Bledsoe said she will be developing a coupon that clients in need of a meal can take to Hutch’s for a full meal.
“This is such a blessing what Luke and Brandon are doing for us,” Bledsoe said. “We will dispense these throughout the year and it will help a whole lot.”
“Needy people need to eat more than pie,” Hutchens said. “They need a meal, and we’re willing to help get it to them.”
Hutch’s has helped in the community in the past, working with Appletree Ministries to provide a free Thanksgiving dinner last year. Appletree Ministries Founder Tom Davis is a former kitchen worker with Center of Hope known as “Kitchen Tom,” Bledsoe said.
Hutchens said he is working on getting someone to make a pie costume for Hutch’s. In the short term, Hutchens made a Mr. Doughjangles cutout in honor of the occasion, which seemed to pique the interest of Ogle’s daughter Colbie.