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News - December 16, 2011

Restaurateur hosts party for 800 children in need

250 chickens, 25 hams and 900 toys distributed in East Palo Alto

by Sue Dremann

A Christmas party hosted by a Midtown Shopping Center business owner for an estimated 800 school children and their families brought abundant food, gifts and joy to Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto on Wednesday evening.

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Posted by Touched
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 16, 2011 at 10:48 am

What a touching story!

Thank you, Ani Safavi and Como Esta? Taqueria, for your generosity and giving spirit.

Stories like this remind me how fortunate we are to have so much. Ani has inspired me to "pay it forward" toward others who are less fortunate - especially during this time of year.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 16, 2011 at 11:29 am

Midtown, I agree w/you. I live here & didn't know this many children at this school lived below the poverty line. I hope the school meals don't get cut.

This was an amazingly ambitious project, not just feeding or gifting a few people, done in a short period of time. What a dedicated group! If they're inclined to do it again next year, perhaps Three Brothers can be invited/inspired/shamed to participate - they do a lot of business here.

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Posted by Grateful
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm

THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to this event. It is wonderful to hear that such a generous spirit is alive and well!!!

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Posted by Moira
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Fantastic to hear of this event. Muchas gracias a Como Esta, one of my favorites places!

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I think I remember Como Esta doing something similar last year. I am so pleased to be a frequent customer to this business.

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Posted by Doug
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Dec 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm

What an inspiring story. Thanks so much to all the people who helped to make this a special day. It is shocking that so many children in our area may go hungry over a school break. We need to work together to find a way to fix this shameful situation.

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Posted by Amy
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I am not surprised, knowing Ani for many years. What a wonderful thing to do and I would imagine that are a lot of us that would love to lend a hand next year. Thank you Ani!

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 19, 2011 at 12:08 am

I was walking by the restaurant last year and stopped to help when the families arrived to receive a gift for the kids and dinners. Her passion to help the kids is awesome. I am so glad to hear that so many kids were helped this year. Many people went next door to Walgreens and bought toys that were on sale. I eat at Como Esta? from time to time, but plan to make more frequent visits. We need to support our local owner businesses.

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Posted by mmmmMom
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm

What a really wonderful story to hear!

My family & I will definitely be making more trips to Como Esta? in the coming year.

May 2012 bring many blessings to Ani.

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