Ellen's Heartwarming Homecoming in New Orleans
May 16, 2006

The ever so generous Ellen DeGeneres is making one lucky lady's dream come true. Ellen, a New Orleans native, convinced Quiznos to donate an amazing gift to a Hurricane Katrina survivor who lost her home and her business.

Ellen first dished her crazy, but thoughtful, idea to "Extra's" Jon Kelley. "Not just a sandwich," she said. "Instead of giving a sandwich, we want to give them the whole shop!"

So Ellen took matters into her own hands and called the head of Quiznos herself. And to her surprise, they agreed to donate an entire store for the cause.

The lucky lady, Shay Karriem, had no idea her life was about to change forever when Ellen invited her to the show. Shay revealed, "Before Katrina, I had just opened a grocery deli in the lower Ninth Ward, which was the area hit hardest," she revealed. "With Katrina, I lost my home, I lost my business."

But Ellen convinced Shay that everything would be alright. "You're not going to have to worry about anything again," Ellen revealed, "Because you're the one who has the Quiznos!"

Over the weekend, the big-hearted host returned to her roots for the first time since Katrina ravaged her homeland and helped with the grand opening of Shay's store. "People of New Orleans, Quiznos is now open for business," Ellen proclaimed.

Once Ellen said those words, Shay, the proud owner of the new Quiznos, couldn't fight back her tears. "Thank you so much," she said to DeGeneres.

But before Ellen left, she had one more gift for Shay: "Here's your first dollar, which I want you to frame."

Catch Ellen's heartwarming homecoming, Wednesday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

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