Customers packed the Subway restaurant on Route 6 in Wysox Sunday afternoon, leaving with bags of subs and crowding the dining room, chowing down for a good cause.

For three hours Sunday, the Wysox location donated half its sales to the Yoder family, who lost their Towanda house and two-year-old son, John David Yoder III, in a fire last month.

Manager Michelle Ackley, who came up with the idea to donate a portion of sales to the family, said she hoped to raise about $2,000 during the fundraising effort, which ran between 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday. However, "anything would be spectacular," she said.

Ackley said she wanted to do something to help the family following the fire. Ackley's daughter is friends with the Yoders' daughter, she said.

"I just thought it would be a great thing for them," Ackley said.

Ackley enlisted the help of her children, their friends and Sub Man, the Subway mascot, as well as bunches of balloons, to draw passersby's attention. However, word of mouth drew people in to give to the family well before 1 p.m. Sunday.

"We've already had people dropping off donations this morning," Ackley said Sunday.

The money will be given directly to the Yoder family, Ackley said.

Sunday's fundraiser came on the heels of a benefit last week that attracted about 2,000 people to Towanda Area Elementary School. Organizers said the gathering raised an estimated $15,000 for the family.

Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: