A cafe owner has inspired many with his compassionate effort to help his community. He went around their town, looking for tamales vendors, and bought all their stock. Then, he reached out to the homeless by giving them the tamales.
Robert Magiet, the owner of TaKorea Cocina, began his initiative last month. According to the Chicago Tribune, Robert was driving through the town’s park when he noticed a woman selling tamales. The weather was icy, so the female vendor was wearing multiple layers of clothing.
Robert knew that the chance of her tamales getting sold at that time was very slim since people were staying inside their warm houses. The thought of the vendor standing outside in the freezing weather to provide for her family touched Robert deeply.
So, he decided to buy all the vendor’s tamales and even gave her a big tip. He told the media, “I said, ‘Can I buy all your tamales and you can go home? She had maybe 10 dozen on her.'”
He then went to homeless encampments nearby and gave them tamales.
Robert’s gesture gave him an idea of how he could further help those who are in need. So, he posted a picture of himself with the tamales vendor in his social media account and asked his followers for additional information.
He wrote, “Anyone know of any Tamale Cart vendors that will be out this weekend in the cold weather? I went to Yolanda near Humboldt Park and bought her out so she could go home today. I’d love to do the same for other Vendors and distribute the Tamales to our Neighbors experiencing homelessness. Let me know of any leads please.”
Within minutes, his friends suggested multiple areas to find such vendors.
In the following days, Robert has gone to these corners and bought all of the vendors’ tamales and then distributed them to the hungry and homeless.
“I’m not trying to save the world,” he said. “I’m just trying to help people who need food. If I have the ability to go help somebody, I’m just going to go help somebody. To me, it’s literally that simple.”
He added, “If somebody in our neighborhood is struggling, we all struggle.”
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