ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Mike Sanders says a good marriage is like a good meal -- you need all the right ingredients.

"God love her, she did everything for me," he smiles, talking about his wife Claire.

He and Claire were married for 58 years, before she died in 2018.

"Claire was somebody who I absolutely adored, and miss her terribly, and always will," he says.

She left a lot of holes in this Air Force veteran's life, but one of the biggest was her cooking.

"And at this stage in the game, I'm at a loss," Mike says, confessing he's not even sure how to turn on the oven.

So up until a few days ago, Mike had always dined at a restaurant in Emmaus. But then the coronavirus shut everything down.

"They're closed!" Mike says.

He was left with a problem.

"I don't know how to cook!"

Then, he got a sign. The Crust Pizzeria and Restaurant in Allentown has been slammed with takeout and delivery orders.

But when Mike came through the door and talked with a manager, they stopped what they were doing to find out how they could help.

"Ten minutes later, all my problems were solved!" Mike smiles.

"That's free, that doesn't cost anything, that just comes natural," says Crust owner Jerry Coppola.

Jerry and his team put together a special menu for Mike, and they'll be delivering it to him, for as long as he needs it.

"I think it boosts a whole lot of people's beliefs in a lot of things that we don't see often. Might be a little old school, but being nice to people, should be easy," Jerry says.

A post about the whole thing went viral on Facebook and people started donating.

But Mike says the bill was never the problem, just the oven part, so Crust is using the money to feed hospital staff for free.

"I think it's wonderful. This is what brings the goodness out of people," Mike smiles.

Good people with good hearts - those are the ​right ingredients we need right now, to keep cookin' up a little hope.

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