Dec 26, 2009 3:06 PM by Monica Quintero
There are many people in need and many people giving this holiday season. Among those helping others, a long time family-owned business in Pismo Beach. Most restaurants are closed on Christmas but not Brad's Restaurant in Pismo Beach. For the first time, it's opened its doors and offered a free holiday meal. Casey Foss, a homeless San Luis Obispo resident, said, "Recently, because of the economy we've been homeless."
Foss, like all of those who received the delicious food at no charge, is grateful. Foss said, "My four-year-old doesn't know any better so he's probably stoked that he's getting fed. But my eight-year-old does understand it and he appreciates it just as much as we do."
Jerry Graham, Brad's Restaurant owner, said, "We bought enough food for 800 people or so. We're hoping that we use it all and what we don't use we're going to donate to charity." Those involved say despite the economy, the restaurant has been successful this year and this is a small way to show their appreciation to the community. Graham said, "It makes us feel great. That's what Christmas is about, giving."
That giving has made a big difference in the lives of others such as Foss and his family. Foss said, "I'd say thank you and I'd tell them God Bless and make sure they understand what this actually means to me and my family." It turned out to be a very Merry Christmas for many who might not have celebrated otherwise. It's thanks to a local business that's been around since the 1950's. Brad's Restaurant said this was a collaborative effort. They told us they received donations and discounts from other businesses in our community.
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