Do you get a warm and fuzzy feeling when you’ve done a good deed for someone? No, I’m not talking about walking around with your chest out and a full array of TV cameras frantically taking pictures of you. It is also not about touting a self-righteous attitude. I’m referring to the act of humility by which you look beyond yourself in helping to meet a specific need.
I want to give a much deserved shout-out to 53 year old Bruno Serato. He is the Proprietor of the White House restaurant. (No, not the White House of Washington, D.C. fame). This restaurant is located in Anaheim, California.
According to this article written by Elaine Aradillas in the Heroes Among Us Section, he and his mother, Caterina were visiting the Anaheim Boys and Girls Club in 2005. While there, they observed a young boy eating dinner. The dinner was a bag of potato chips. Bruno’s mother encouraged her son to feed this young boy as well as his family.
Apparently the family members were not homeowners because they resided in a low-income motel. Bruno and his mother were so moved by what they saw. Serato recalls his mother saying, “Children have to eat”. And what did they do? They made pasta.
Ever since that day Serato lovingly delivers fresh pasta to these children in need. He provides this service five nights a week.
It is probably easy for Bruno to relate to these children because he grew up poor in Italy. These 150 children are called “Motel Kids” at the Boys and Girls Club. While he could probably make a substantial fee by rendering this service, he does it for free.
According to Curt Pringle, the Mayor of Anaheim, “Nobody has a greater passion for the people he’s serving”. His efforts have not gone unnoticed. 12 year old Katlin Hadley says, “I get hungry sometimes”. Her mother Mandy adds,”What Bruno is doing is absolutely amazing.”
Today my chef hat goes off to someone who is making a difference in his part of the world. Thank you for your loving, caring and compassionate attitude, Bruno.
So what about you? Let it never be said that you can’t make a difference too! If you are aware of a need, consider challenging yourself to see what you might be able to do. And no, you may not be able to meet that need by yourself. But one thing is for sure. Every little bit helps.
People Magazine, September 6, 2010 Edition, pg. 106