Close Community holds benefit for beloved restaurant owners kjac , KBMT 1:52 PM. CST November 05, 2013 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST Perry and Leslie Sligar opened Dippity's restaurant in 1986. It started as a donut shop, but it eventually became one of the most popular burger joints in Lumberton. "There's hardly anyone in this area that has not eaten at Dippity's at least once," said Shirley Johnson, one of the restaurant's most loyal customers. After 27 years, Dippity's closed its doors in September. Dealing with major health issues, the Sligars had to move to Baytown to be closer to their doctors in Houston. "My husband is diabetic and on disability and I've got to have some more neck surgery, so it was time," said Leslie Sligar. "We couldn't watch (the restaurant) as much, and I didn't want to spoil the name, the reputation, we've struggled a long time to build this reputation," said Leslie's husband Perry. Knowing the Sligars were struggling, a few faithful customers decided to do something to help. Saturday they held a link sale at the Lumberton Market Basket to raise money to help cover some of the Sligar's rising healthcare costs. "Because they've been here for 20-plus years, they're an icon... and they were always here for the community when we needed them," said Johnson. "After the hurricanes hit, Dippity's was the only place you could get a hot meal for a while," said one supporter. The Sligars were overwhelmed with the number of people who came to show their support. "It's fantastic, it's unbelievable," said Perry. "I've fed all these people... It's sad, but I thank them, thank them a lot." "What goes around comes around, and it has really come around for us, I'm so happy," said Leslie. CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST JOIN THE CONVERSATION To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Leave a Comment TRENDING VIDEOS Jasper County Sheriff's deputies investigating death of Tristan Dilley Las Vegas/Mandalay Bay shooting - What we know Custody case of child found clinging to mother's body in flood waters postponed Railing on the Red Cross: Help for Denied Applicants 11 new features in IOS 11 Silsbee teen's little brother discovered her fatally shot in bed Sunday evening This ad will end in 13 seconds. UP NEXT: Railing on the Red Cross: Help for Denied Applicants RANKED In Last 24H 00:48 Don't Fall For This Netflix Scam WATCHED BY of viewers like you 04:30 Port Arthur man recalls dramatic moments while gunman opens fire in Las Vegas WATCHED BY of viewers like you President Trump remarks on Las Vegas shooting IN TOP New Videos 00:38 Las Vegas/Mandalay Bay shooting - What we know W Salvation Army contnues to provide recovery efforts a month after Harvey Shooting survivors want more than prayers for Las Vegas HPD: Man kills his mom, critically wounds dad Segment One of Blitz - 9/29/17 More Stories ROADS | Southeast Texas bridges, overpasses… Jan 16, 2018, 11:01 a.m. SCHOOLS | Southeast Texas school districts announce… Jan 15, 2018, 4:33 p.m. Wintry mix moving out; Very cold night Jul 11, 2016, 3:59 p.m.