Restaurant chips in to help needyPublished 8:50pm Friday, December 6, 2013
VALLEY GRANDE — Valle Grande Mexican Grill is taken part in the season of giving by encouraging their customers to donate to a Selma nursing home.
Valle Grande Restaurant has a Christmas tree decorated with stars that has been standing near the entrance door of the restaurant since Wednesday. Attached to each star is a list of items that the residents of Warren Manor have requested for Christmas.
The restaurant owners are encouraging people to collect a star and fulfill at least one residents’ Christmas wish list.
“I want to make sure every residents feels happy and excited and know how many people care about them,” Miguel Sanchez, the Valle Grande Mexican Grill restaurant owner, said. “I’m excited.”
Their requests included house shoes, pajamas, gowns, sweat pants and shirts, blankets, sweaters, jackets, socks, and more.
Once the donors have purchased all of the items on the list, they must return them to the restaurant in a gift bag with the star attached to it by Dec. 18 at 9 p.m.
The donations will be delivered to the residents Dec. 20 during the nursing home’s annual Christmas party.
They started with 122 stars, which represent each Warren Manor resident. Only 45 remain as of Friday, Paula Stover, a friend of Sanchez that helped to organize the initiative, said.
Warren Manor Administrator Linda Brown said that she was overjoyed and surprised to learn that Sanchez wanted to bring Christmas cheer to every one of the residents to this extent.
“It’s absolutely awesome that someone would take the season of giving to this level,” Brown said. ”It was totally unexpected.”
Brown said that she hopes the restaurant will proceed with the initiative even if their nursing home is not the one to benefit from it.
“I think this is absolutely an wonderful endeavor to do from the Valle Grande Mexican Grill, and I hope they continue it,” she said. “I hope they continue it for years to come, whether we are the recipient of it next year or one of the other local nursing homes are.”
The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday 11a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11a.m. to 10p.m. It is closed on Sundays and will also be closed on Christmas Day.