Giving Back to the Springfield Community One Lunch at a Time | Connecting Point | Dec. 17, 2019


>>THE OWNER OF OMAR AND SONS
FURNITURE IN SPRINGFIELD HAS ALWAYS ENJOYED GIVING BACK TO
HIS COMMUNITY. RECENTLY AFTER NOTICING THE NEED
RIGHT AROUND HIS STORE HE DECIDED TO SET UP TABLES AND
OFFER THE COMMUNITY A FREE LUNCH. EVERY OTHER FRIDAY HIS WIFE
PREPARES A HOME COOKED MEAL AND FRIENDS AND FAMILY COME TOGETHER
TO HELP SERVE. “CONNECTING POINT”‘S REPORTER
VISED OMAR AND SONS TO LEARN MORE.>>EVERY OTHER FRIDAY AT
2:00 P.M., OMAR AND SONS FURNITURE STORE IS A LITTLE MORE
CROWDED THAN USUAL.>>WE SEE THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE
WAITING AND WE ARE SO HAPPY.>>WHAT LOOKS LIKE A LINE FOR A
FURNITURE SALE IS ACTUALLY A LINE OF PEOPLE WAITING FOR A
FREE MEAL. AND FOR SOME THIS MAY BE THEIR
ONLY MEAL FOR THE ENTIRE DAY.>>YOU WANT MORE? OKAY. THANK YOU.>>AT FIRST GLANCE, SOME WHO SEE
THE SIGN ARE SKEPTICAL, THINKING IS THIS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE? WHY GO THROUGH ALL THE TROUBLE?>>SOMETIMES PEOPLE COME IN,
THEY DON’T BELIEVE THAT WE ARE GIVING FREE FOOD. THEY COME IN TO CHECK AND THEY
SEE WE ARE SERVING FOOD, AND THEN THEY START SHARING.>>SO WHY IS HE DOING THIS? FOR HIM IT’S NO TROUBLE AT ALL. BUT AN OBLIGATION FROM A HIGHER
POWER.>>YOU KNOW, IT’S IMPORTANT TO
FEED THE HUNGRY.>>HE AND HIS FRIENDS FROM THE
ISLAMIC COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN HELPING MAKE THIS HAPPEN. THIS COLLABORATION AND
GENEROSITY IS SOMETHING HE SAW BACK HOME IN HIS NATIVE COUNTRY.>>THIS IDEA WAS, I TOOK IT FROM
BACK HOME IN PAKISTAN, YOU KNOW. AND PEOPLE ARE DOING IT IN
DIFFERENT PLACES LIKE BUS STOPS AND CLOSE TO THE SHELTERS.>>THE REASON BEHIND HIS SUCCESS
AT THIS? HIS WIFE.>>SHE ACTUALLY WAKES UP AT SIX
IN THE MORNING AND STARTS COOKING. SHE’S THE MOST IMPORTANT,
BECAUSE IF SHE DOESN’T COOK NICE FOOD PEOPLE WON’T COME BACK
AGAIN.>>I LOVE TO COOK. CHICKEN BRIANI, THIS IS VERY
POPULAR.>>SHE’S BEEN COOKING SINCE SHE
WAS 15 YEARS OLD. SHE IS USED TO HER HUSBAND’S
CHARITABLE NATURE AND ENJOYS SHARING HER COOKING WITH OTHERS.>>WE SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE OVER
THERE, THE HOMELESS, SOMETIMES THEY ASK FOR FOOD, IF HE HAS HIS
OWN FOOD HE SHARES WITH THEM AND THEY LIKE IT AND HE SAID WHY
NOT.>>AS THE DAYS GROW COLDER, HIS
COMMITMENT CONTINUES, THE SAME TABLES THAT WERE SET UP OUTSIDE
HAVE MOVED INSIDE, OFFERING PEOPLE WHO COME IN A WARM PLACE
TO ENJOY A HOME MADE MEAL.>>THIS IS MY FIRST TIME EATING
HERE. I THINK IT’S GREAT WHAT HE’S
DOING FOR THE COMMUNITY IN GIVING BACK. IF I COULD DO IT, IF I HAD THE
MEANS TO DO IT, I WOULD DEFINITELY MAKE THE ATTEMPT TO
GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THE SAME WAY.>>I THINK IT’S AN AMAZING THING
THAT HE’S DOING HERE. I DON’T KNOW IF HE’S GOING TO DO
IT EVERY WEEKEND, BUT THINK IT’S VERY GENEROUS OF HIM TO GIVE TO
THE COMMUNITY. BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT
THERE THAT DO NEED IT.>>HIS SELFLESSNESS DOES NOT GO
UNNOTICED. HIS HOSPITALITY HAS EARNED A
REPUTATION IN THE COMMUNITY.>>I COME HERE ALL THE TIME. HE’S AN OUTGOING PERSON. HE’S NOT LIKE MOST STORE OWNERS. HE REALLY WANTS TO HELP OUT, I
GUESS.>>HE STRESSES THAT HE IS NOT
HELPING OUT FOR PRAISE.>>WE ARE EXPECTING TO BE
WATCHED FROM GOD, NOT THE PUBLIC.>>BUT SOMETIMES IT’S NICE TO
KNOW THAT PEOPLE STILL CARE.>>PEOPLE ARE CALLING, THEY ARE
SENDING US MAILS, SOMETIMES THEY JUST COME AND SAY THANKS TO ME. SO IT’S NICE THAT PEOPLE
APPRECIATE WHAT I’M DOING.




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