Happy's Pizza donates food, time to Cherry Street Mission
Waly Yasso hasn't always been in a position to help. But after coming to the United States from Iraq and opening a restaurant, he's trying to make a difference.
"I came here and I had the power to make people happy, so we just made it happen," Yasso said.
Monday, he and his staff left the Happy's Pizza in Toledo and set up shop at the Cherry Street Mission.
"I'm proud of my brother," Eddie Yasso said. "He's always looking for the people who need help."
They brought enough food to feed 500 people, costing close to two thousand dollars.
Yasso says it's worth every penny.
"It's love. It's not about the price," Yasso told 13abc.
That generosity goes a long way. Dozens of people benefited from the meal.
"We have thousands of people who live in underemployment and unemployment in this city, as well as, experience homelessness," Max Lambdin, Senior Vice President for Mission Advancement, said.
Lambdin says actions like those of Happy's Pizza do so much good. For starters, it shows that there are people out there who truly car. Plus, it helps to offset costs for the mission.
"Every time that someone volunteers, every time a corporation or restaurant donates their services, it reduces our cost so that we can provide the quality meals that we provide," says Lambdin.
For Yasso, he says, it's the least he can do for a community that has welcomed him with open arms.
Yasso says he plans to be back once a month to do the same thing. He chose to volunteer instead of having a grand opening celebration.