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Her Story Went Viral After Giving A Convicted Felon A Two-Hour Job When He Was Just Asking For Food

He wanted a couple of bucks, she gave him a job.

Cesia Abigail Baires is doing more than just serving up Central American food in her Minneapolis, Minn., diner. The owner of Abi’s Café, a Salvadoran café in the Midwest city, is making sure that she pays it back to the community. It all started when Marcus, a homeless man, walked into her café and asked for money. Rather than give him money, Baires offered Marcus a job to help since she was understaffed. Before Marcus took the job, he opened up about his felony past and Baires gave Marcus a meal. Baires took a photo of Marcus two weeks later and still working at the café and posted it to Facebook where it went viral.

“He told me about his situation. He said he got felonies, and nobody wants to hire him. Especially around this area if you look homeless they won’t even let you in,” Baires told ABC News. “To me that’s unacceptable.”

This is the Facebook post that Baires shared that has since gone viral.

He came in to the cafe one day asking me for some $$. I looked at him and asked him “why don’t you have a job, you know…

Posted by Cesia Abigail on Friday, March 25, 2016


“His eyes opened wide and his smile made my day!!!! He said ‘I’ll do anything for some food,'” Baires wrote about the day she offered Marcus a job. “So now for almost 2 weeks he been on time for his two-hour shift: helping take trash [out], washing dishes etc. Once I pay him guess what he does? He buys food from my restaurant (HE DECIDES TO PAY) because it makes him feel good!”

She continued by writing, “God gave me this blessing so why can’t I bless others? ? This is what should break the internet. We want change? Well, start by making one  team.”

Baires has received an outpouring of support since her story of compassion was shared on Facebook.

Cesia Abigail / Facebook
CREDIT: Cesia Abigail / Facebook

“He has been a blessing for me,” Baires told ABC News. “I don’t see it as me being a blessing to him. I see it as me being blessed, so I can bless him, so he can bless me.”

Even the New York Giants have shown in Minneapolis café owner some love.

Cesia Abigail / Facebook
CREDIT: Cesia Abigail / Facebook

“Just like Marcus, I had my help,” Abigail told CBS News. “I had plenty of people to help make it to where I am today. They believed I could do it. People need to have someone believe in them.”


READ: A Pizza Shop in Mexico is Feeding and Motivating the Homeless in the Simplest Way

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Stephen And Ayesha Curry Are Donating Thousands of Books To Schools For Christmas

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Stephen And Ayesha Curry Are Donating Thousands of Books To Schools For Christmas

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Hark the herald! Stephen and Ayesha Claus Curry– are here to bring literary joy this season.

The Golden State Warrior and his wife are donating thousands of books to schools around Oakland, California this holiday season in an effort to bring joy to children.

The couple, behind Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation, made the announcement earlier this week.

“We along with our entire team at Eat. Learn. Play. understand the importance of early childhood education, especially when it comes to literacy,” Stephen and Ayesha told People magazine in a recent interview. “Nothing is more basic, more essential, more foundational, or more important to a child’s success in life than the ability to read well. We know there is a lot of work to be done, but with partners like Literati, we’re hopeful that we will be able to make an impact on these children’s lives.”

The Currys’ donations will arrive to schools in boxes that will contain six books.

The packages will include five children’s books and one for adults. All of which come from Stephen Curry’s “Underrated” book club selection.

Along with their thousand book giveaway, the couple’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation will donate boxes to students who are learning remotely amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in collaboration with and Literati. Fourteen thousand boxes will go directly to Oakland Unified Schools.

According to people, “The remainder of the donation, which was also made possible through Bay Area investor Aydin Senkut of Felicis Ventures, will be distributed through community partners in the new year.”

Speaking about their own experiences of teaching their children during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Stephen and Ayesha (who are parents to Canon W. Jack, 2, Ryan Carson, 5, and Riley, 8) told People that they’ve been hard work attempting to keep their children busy and learning.

“My oldest is pretty disciplined so that’s been easy, but our 5-year-old has a little trouble staying engaged for an extended period of time,” Ayesha, host of ABC’s new show “Family Food Fight,” explained.

Ayesha says she has found that taking part in “some kind of physical activity right before class starts” helps her daughter Ryan “to focus the mind and get some of the wiggles out, and periodic ‘dance breaks’ between lessons.”

“We also added resistance workout bands to the legs of her chair, which give her something to do if she gets antsy during a long Zoom session,” Stephen added.

“Luckily for me, Stephen has really stepped in with education and their schooling. And I’m okay with that because I birthed them so now [he] can birth and nurture their education,” Ayesha joked in a recent episode of “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”

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The U.S. Postal Service’s ‘Letters To Santa’ From Children Reveals The Heartbreaking Impact Of The Pandemic

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The U.S. Postal Service’s ‘Letters To Santa’ From Children Reveals The Heartbreaking Impact Of The Pandemic

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Every year thousands of children across the United States address their letters for Santa to the United States Postal Service. Back in 1912, the independent agency created its Operation Santa program, an initiative that allows local postmasters to respond to letters created by needy children.

This year, the initiative has reported that, unlike previous years, the letters to Santa this year have struck a different tune. This year many of the letters sent to Santa have reflected on the devastating effects of the current coronavirus pandemic.

Letters published by the USPS reveal that this year, children are putting more practical desires on their Christmas wish lists this year.

While many students have asked Santa to provide a cure for COVID-19, the Postal Service says that other letters mention the struggles they’ve seen their parents experience because of job loss.

One letter written to Santa mentioned how “this year has been very tough” and explained, “I lost my daddy and my grandpa, and my mommy is having a rough time… Maybe you can send her some happiness.”

Another letter written to Santa asked for a specific game. “Most of these days in COVID, I feel really down in the dumps and that game will kinda be like my way to escape reality.”

According to letters published by CNN, children shared the challenges of learning remotely and one note revealed how a child’s mother wouldn’t be able to “get anything for me for Christmas because she is not getting paid as much so she cannot afford anything.”

USPS spokesperson Kimberly Frum recently stated that she hopes that by fulfilling some of these letters, Operation Santa will be able to provide a “spark of happiness” much needed by families at this time.

“It will be hard to celebrate the holidays without loved ones, whether because of distance or actual loss,” Frum explained. “But being able to provide even the tiniest bit of normalcy or spark of happiness to those in need would mean the world to so many people right now… The holidays are about kindness, joy, love, family, and friends… The adopters of the letters in the program truly embody the spirit of the season by opening their hearts and showing those in need that they are not alone and they deserve to have a special season too.”

Speaking about the Santa program, Frum went onto share that USPS employees believe it is essential at the moment.

“The program has always been about providing holiday gifts for families who may not have the means to provide for anything more than basic everyday needs,” Frum told People. “This year, there are likely more families impacted financially and emotionally.”

Letters will continue to be accepted into Dec. 15.

If you or someone you know is interested in being a recipient of the Operation Santa program write a letter to Santa Claus at 123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888. Be sure to include your full name and address and a first-class stamp in the upper right corner. Don’t forget to be specific with names and requests for toys including sizes for clothing and titles of games and books.

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