Recently we posted a story about Matt Tribe, of Ogden, Utah, engaging in Random Acts of Pasta.
Now we bring you a story about organized acts of pasta.
Ten years ago, Bruno Serato, the chef and owner of the Anaheim White House Restaurant, a fine Italian restaurant in Anaheim, California, visited the local Boys and Girls Club with his mother, Caterina. When he saw a young boy eating potato chips, the director of the club explained to him that this was the boy’s dinner.
Caterina’s response to the situation: “Bruno, you must give them pasta!”
In Serato’s words, “You better listen to Mama! Mama is always right!”
And so began an organized pasta charity that today feeds 1,200 motel kids every night. Serato named the charity after his mother: Caterina’s Club.
More recently, Serato began a new initiative.
Feeding motel kids was good. But even better would be to get their families into a real home. And so began a new initiative to pay first and last month rent for families who can afford the rent, but are stuck in hotels because they cannot pull together that much money all at once.
You can read all about it at Yahoo News: “New hope for motel kids”
This is a charity that helps families to help themselves. And it was founded by a man who arrived in America from Italy in 1980 with just $200 in his pocket.