WESTLAND, Mich. (WXYZ) — Support is pouring in for a bowling alley in Westland that was forced to close as part of the ongoing COVID-19 pause.
The owner of Vision Lanes wrote an obituary for the alley and posted it on Facebook on Dec. 6. Steven Klein calls the bowling alley his baby.
"She is barely conscious. She is dying slowly. She is watching her loyal staff and caretakers go find other sources of income because she can't provide for her family any longer," he wrote. "Her customers are finding other places to bowl. The people she loves are being forced to bowl in another State just to do what they love doing with her at her house. But, she is not conscious. She is not available to them. She is dying. Something is killing her and she is being told that she needs to be sacrificed."
"Her death will save lives. She sees the mailbox continue to fill up with bills. Bills that have never stopped coming. The bills are as unrelenting as a shark that smells blood in the water. The end is near. There isn’t anything her Daddy can do to save her. He is helpless. It’s killing him. So when you see her Daddy, and he doesn’t have that same sparkle in his eyes or same love in his heart understand he is watching his baby die, right in front of his eyes."
His words caught the attention of hundreds of people. One of Klein's customers started a GoFundMe account.
When Klein learned about it, hundreds of dollars had already been donated. That number is now up to nearly $8,000.
Steve Klein says Vision Lanes is a place where everyone is welcome, everyone is treated equally, differences are embraced. It’s a place where strangers become family. Vision Lanes feels like one of his children & while he supports the governor, he feels helpless. @wxyzdetroit pic.twitter.com/BTsrE6Uaup— Jennifer Ann Wilson WXYZ (@JennaWils) December 15, 2020
Vision Lanes is also still open for carry-out only from All-star Grille and Music Bar.
Klein added that he supports Governor Whitmer but wants to see bowling safely resume for the love of the sport.