Drive-Thru Difference

We’ve all had some difficult days lately, so we’re excited to invite you to join us in doing something to help someone else’s day go better.

It’s simple: When you go to a drive-thru for your morning coffee, or out for a quick bite for lunch, treat the person behind you. That’s right. Just pay their bill and show a little kindness. You’ll impact someone’s day in ways much greater than coffee or take out.

Your can take it a step further by leaving them a nice note. Print it out, or print a few copies, and take it with you when you go about your day. Hand it to the cashier to give to the person in the car behind you. It’s a great little note to let them know you cared and it’s a perfect opportunity to introduce them to STAR 88-3…and maybe, just maybe, introduce them to Christ.

Download a Drive-Thru Difference Note:
Fort Wayne Area (88.3FM)
Kendallville (89.7FM)
Warsaw (90.9FM)
Northern Indiana+Southern Michigan (91.3FM)
Auburn (99.9FM)

Union City (88.9FM)





We would love to hear your stories! You can call STAR 88-3’s Drive-Thru Difference line at 260-407-8830.


J B said on Apr 03, 2014 at 10:15am

I had dropped off some prescriptions to get filled after a doctors appointment because I was sick.  I went over to McDonalds on Coventry since I had to wait for the prescriptions.  The Star van was in front of me.  When I got to the window, she said “your meal was paid for”.  I said,“Yes! Isn’t it wonderful of people to do that?”  She looked shocked.  I said to keep the paper, and I paid for the car behind me.  It was very nice since I felt down that day, and I just kept the feeling of kindness going.

Barbara S said on Mar 29, 2014 at 8:19am

I have been listening to STAR 88.3 for several years now.  I hear the commercials for the drive-thru difference. I had to work this morning and decided to stop at McDonald’s and grab breakfast.  When I got to the window I was told that the lady in front of me had paid for my order.  Things like this just do not happen to me and we have been going through a lot lately.  I was very moved.  I have been wanting to make a drive-thru difference for a long time, but just never have. There was no one behind me in line, but I guarantee that I will be paying this kindness forward very soon!  Thank you to the lady in front of me with the Michigan license plate at the McDonald’s on West Jefferson this morning.  You may never see this, but I want you to know that you truly have made my day.  Thank you!!

Danielle G said on Apr 24, 2013 at 9:37am

To whom it may concern: Thank you for your kindness in paying for our breakfast this morning at Dunkin Donuts on Coldwater Rd.  My daughter and I were touched by your kindness that we too had to pay it forward.  Blessings to you!

CD Pierucki said on Apr 15, 2013 at 5:51pm

This is not quite a drive thru difference but something similar. Im a waitress. I have an elderly couple come every monday to eat lunch. They both use canes and still do not walk well. Mondays is their doctor visit day so they eat lunch too. Well I did my usual hold the door for them to exit and enter. My table next to them were 2 ladies. After the elderly couple left and I was cleaning other tables one of the ladies came up to me and slipped me a bill. I said thank you. She said its for helping the elderly couple because too many people wouldnt do that these days. I tucked in my apron and did not look at it but kept on with my work. I looked shortly after and it was $20. I was shocked! I went to the lady and ask if she was sure she wanted to give this money to me. She said GOD wanted me to give this to you. You have a kind heart. Someday do this for someone else in need. The funny thing is I just told my co-workers this morning that I needed to make $90 this week because my kids needed that much money this week for things going on at school. I dont make much money but hope someday I can do for someone else too!

Sydney Hearn said on Dec 17, 2012 at 5:14pm

Same thing happened to me, my father and I were out for the day at about 7:00 in the morning and we went to McDonald’s for some breakfast. We were about to enter the drive thru when a couple of cars came, so he let them in front of us. When we ordered our total was 17.50 and we had some coupons. When we got up to the counter to pay, we figured out that the first person we let in front of us had paid for our meal. It was the best feeling ever and the awesome part is that it is a mystery!

Amy R said on Nov 06, 2012 at 8:07am

Just had the coolest thing happen.  I voted this morning, so I decided I was a little late to work already so I would stop at the McDonald’s drive thru in Bluffton.  I was the 7th person in line to pay for the person behind me meal.  The cashier told me the record was 10…....hopefully we broke that record this morning!!  I smiled all the way to work…....kindness still lives!!!!

M. R. said on Oct 17, 2012 at 1:27pm

I work at a church in southeast Fort Wayne.  Beginning last summer, every week I go to a fast food restaurant for drive through.  Each time I either pay for the person behind me or leave a $5 toward the next person’s meal, if not one is in line behind me.  One time they made a mistake on my order, and instead of charging me for the upgrade, as should have been done, the manager gave it to me.  When I asked why? he said because of what I do every week.  i told him if you listen to Star 88.3 you’d hear that this is happening all over Ft. Wayne.  He said, “not in this part of town.  Thank you.”  I’m still paying for someone’s lunch every Wednesday.  What a joy!

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