Hundreds of immigrants called out of work or didn’t attend class to take part in “Day Without Immigrants” on Thursday, February 16, including the immigrant kitchen staff at the Little Red Fox in Washington, DC. But the five ladies didn’t leave without making sure the business could still run without them by prepping food in advance.

They left a sweet note for their boss and restaurant owner, Matt Carr, which has been making the rounds on Twitter. 

Carr has owned the café for three years. It serves coffee and gourmet food in addition to being a market that sells homemade and locally sourced products. He told CNN:

"We’re a very small business and without them we would not be able to open today, so they not only gave me a heads-up about the strike, but they did double the work yesterday so we would be in good shape today."

Although he had less help than usual without his kitchen staff, who originate from Venezuela and Guatemala, he was still able to serve a limited menu.

Carr also had time to make arrangement thanks to the heads up from the ladies. He said:

"Immigrants are the backbone of this country and the heart and soul of the service industry. Without them, our small businesses would crumble. They are also part of our family here at Little Red Fox and I too am worried about their future under their administration."

The Little Red Fox plans to donate 10% of their day’s sales to AYUDA, a local nonprofit that gives immigrants access to social and legal services. The kitchen staff will also get paid for the day missed.