Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences Sociology Sociology (Faculty)

Retired couple donate their $2,400 in stimulus checks to cover struggling Plano costume shop’s payroll

Dallas Morning News

Originally Posted: June 17, 2020

Richard Hawkins, SMU professor emeritus of sociology, and his wife gave a combined $2,400 to help a Plano costume shop struggling to meet its payroll.

A retired SMU professor and his wife, a retired florist, let their stimulus checks sit in their bank accounts for a month before Dallas Morning News article helped them decide how to spend their combined $2,400.

They sent it to a Plano costume shop struggling to make payroll.

Richard Hawkins, who retired in 2014 after 42 years as a sociology professor at Southern Methodist University, said he had never heard of Dallas Vintage Shop until he read about its COVID-related financial troubles in The News on June 6. READ MORE