Kazi Mannan, owner of a restaurant well-known for feeding anyone, whether they can pay for their meals or not almost lost his business as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Then the local community started donations generously.
A family member decided to post a GoFundMe campaign for his D.C. restaurant, Sakina Halal Grill, Kazi Mannan has received more than $331,430 from over 7,100 people, and still more donations are coming in.
In an interview with NBC Washington, Kazi Mannan said to his donors:
I used to preach don’t let anybody fall, and pick them up. You picked me up and I am overwhelmed. I have tears in my eyes … tears of joy. Thank you, thank you, America. Thank you, generous people.Kazi Mannan
A good number of these donators see Mannan as very generous. Before the Coronavirus came, every day he serves about 80 free meals to the needy.
In an interview with NBC, Kazi Mannan said:
I used to see people looking for food in trash cans. It would break my heart.Mannan
Downtown D.C. streets now looked deserted in the pandemic as people started working from home. Kazi Mannan had no choice but to let his employees go. He closed the grill.
This prompted a family member to launch a GoFundMe campaign on 11th November for the well-known restaurant. Abdul Mannan wrote:
We are underwater and looking to survive this season so the doors do not close on Sakina Halal Grill… Every cent is equally important in keeping this dream, and important community resource, alive so please do what you can. We appreciate your support and prayers.Abdul Mannan
With the campaign still going very strong after a month on, this restaurant seems to be on the right track to survive these difficult times.