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A Hot Meal (Paying it Forward) – #WATWB

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Welcome back to the monthly bloghop – We Are The World Blogfest – started by author Damyanti Biswas. It is a time to share snippets of good news happening around the world in an effort to diminish the impact of negative news.


The rare snow and ice storm that recently hit Texas left millions without heat, power, and water. Some families resorted to burning furniture to stay warm.

Ari Isufaj came to Texas in 1999 as a teenager as a war refugee from Kosovo. He opened a restaurant just a year before the pandemic hit. He thought his family would lose the restaurant and all they had worked for, but the community stepped up and bought gift cards and helped them through that difficult time.

As a way to ‘pay it forward’, Isufaj opened his restaurant and gave away over 500 free meals of spaghetti and lasagna to the community that had helped him survive the pandemic. For many it was the first hot meal they had in days.

You can read the entire story here.


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10 thoughts on “A Hot Meal (Paying it Forward) – #WATWB”

    1. It is nice to see people remember when other helped them and then return the blessing when they are able. That’s how humanity should work.

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  1. The restaurant story renews my faith in humanity. There ARE great stories in these not great times. Thank you, Maggie, for posting.

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  2. This is such a great story! Usually in every disaster there are those handful of people who renew people’s faith in humanity! Thank you so much for stopping by and for being a part of #WATWB. Hope you have a wonderful week! 🙂

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