In times of tragedy, it’s great to see people put their differences aside and jump in to help others. After the senseless tragedy that took place last Sunday at the Gilroy Garlic Festival leaving 13 injured and three dead, including two children, a local pizzeria decided to make the job of the first responders a little easier by feeding them.
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The kind gesture started when Gilroy’s Straw Hat Pizza owner Raj Nayyar received a call from City Manager Gabriel Gonzalez asking him if he could help feed the first responders as they were going to be there all night trying to decipher what took place.
Without hesitation, Nayyar drove to his home and called a friend to see if he could find people to come in and help him make wings, salads and pizzas for the first responders. Within minutes of his call, 12 people were at the pizzeria churning out food, thanks to his friend’s Facebook post explaining what they were trying to do and that they needed assistance.
Nayyar told KQED that he had just heard the news of the shooting and was trying to comprehend why somebody would do such a thing. Nayyar was supposed to be at the festival that day but decided against it when his friends were no longer able to go.
Before he received the call from the city manager, Nayyar was busy calling friends and family who he knew were at the festival to see if they were safe.
For the next 24 hours, Nayyar and the kind-hearted people who assisted him made dish after dish for the first responders and the families of the victims, Delish reported.
“Anybody that needs any food, our restaurant is open for everybody; first responders, family,” Nayyar said. “We’re gonna get through this as a family. Anybody that needs any gathering, we have private rooms,” he said. “Whatever people need, we’re here.”
According to the LA Times, authorities have investigated the 19-year-old shooter’s digital footprint to help determine a motive, but they made it clear they may never know why he senselessly killed six-year-old Stephen Romero, 13-year-old Keyla Salazar, and 25-year-old Trevor Irby and injured 13 more.