A restaurant owner known for feeding anyone, regardless of whether they can afford the food, nearly lost his business due to the pandemic. Then the local community began to give in the most generous way.
Since a family member posted a GoFundMe campaign for his DC restaurant, Sakina Halal Grill, Kazi Mannan has received more than $ 331,430 from more than 7,100 people, and donations keep pouring in.
“I used to preach that you don’t let anyone fall, and pick them up,” he told his donors in an interview with NBC Washington. “You picked me up and I’m overwhelmed. I have tears in my eyes … tears of joy. Thank you, thank you, America. Thank you generous people ”.
Many of the thousands of donors see Mannan as the generous one. Before COVID-19 hit, I was serving 80 free meals to people in need every day.
“I used to see people looking for food in garbage cans. It would break my heart, “Mannan told NBC.
The streets of downtown DC were left deserted as people began working from home during the pandemic. Mannan had to fire his employees. Had to close the grill.
Lost, a family member decided to launch a GoFundMe campaign for the popular restaurant on November 11. Abdul Mannan wrote:
“We are underwater and looking to survive this season so the doors don’t close at Sakina Halal Grill… Every penny is equally important in keeping this dream alive and an important community resource, so do what you can. We appreciate your support and prayers. “
With that campaign still going strong over a month later, the restaurant that serves anyone, regardless of their circumstances, looks set to last through these tough times.
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