Whataburger customers pay travel expenses so worker can meet great-grandson

This Thursday, July 9, 2015 photo shows a Whataburger restaurant in San Antonio, Texas.

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This Thursday, July 9, 2015 photo shows a Whataburger restaurant in San Antonio, Texas.

A Whataburger worker in Texas is thanking her "Whatafamily" who stepped up so she can meet her first great-grandchild.

Dawn Henley has worked the morning shift at the Denton Whataburger for 16 years, she told WFAA. Over the years, Henley has developed a camaraderie with a host of regular customers.

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Henley was proud to announce the birth of her great-grandson in Indiana last month, sharing photos of the newborn with customers. When longtime customer Richard Birch heard that Henley wouldn't be able to go meet her great-grandson because she couldn't afford the travel expenses, he stepped up.

Birch and his wife bought Henley a round-trip ticket and a new set of luggage, WFAA reported. Other customers also donated to make Henley's trip special.

Henley said she will visit her family in Indiana this month.

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