Oskaloosa restaurant fundraises for pregnant waitress after accident

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OSKALOOSA, Kan. (KSNT) – A pregnant Jefferson County woman is recovering from a rollover crash, but she’s not doing it alone.

Allison Mowder was headed to her early morning shift as a waitress at the Wind Wagon when she fell asleep at the wheel. She lost control and her truck rolled over, throwing her from the seat.

“I closed my eyes, because I was like I’m up in the air and I hit the ground and I could feel an enormous amount of pain,” Mowder said.

Somehow she found the strength to sit up and yell for help as cars rushed by.

“I was like, I have a child on the way. I can’t just lay here. I can’t die. I can’t go out like this,” Mowder said.

She hurt her pelvis, tailbone, and some internal organs, so she’s wheelchair bound for now. But doctors tell her she’ll make a full recovery eventually.

While doctors tell her eventually she’ll make a full recovery, her bosses at the Wind Wagon are making sure she isn’t doing it by herself. One of the owners, Johanna Cobb said she’s known Allison for years.

“Allison is family, so we want to help our family. We’re doing a drawing for allison to help raise money for medical expenses,” Cobb said. “We want to make sure they’re taken care of. Our employees are not just employees here, they’re family.”

Allison said she could never thank them enough for their help.

“They don’t have to do that, but they choose to and that means a lot,” Mowder said.

After these hospital bills will come bills for her new baby. Instead of worrying about money, she wants to be able to focus on her child and teaching them lessons like to always wear a seatbelt. Because she wasn’t during the crash, and knows it could’ve been much worse.

“I’m lucky because you hear about all these people that didn’t wear their seatbelts and they don’t live through it,” Mowder said.

To fundraise Wagon Wind Cafe selling tickets for a 50/50 raffle that they’ll draw a winner for on Tuesday. They’re also accepting donations. You can find more information about that on their Facebook page here.

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