A Role Model for Extending a Helping Hand

Cesia Abigail is the 25-year-old owner of Abi’s Café, an El Salvadoran restaurant in Minneapolis. One day, a street person named Marcus walked into her restaurant begging for money. Instead of giving it to him, Ms. Abigail asked why he didn’t have a job.

... gave it to a homeless person. (perhaps it was one similar to this photo by Dan Howard)

… gave it to a homeless person.
(perhaps it was one similar to this photo by Dan Howard)

A friend of mine told me about this story which was posted on Facebook last March. Since then it has been shared more than 30,000 times and received more than 1,500 comments. Cesia Abigail is the 25-year-old owner of Abi’s Café, an El Salvadoran restaurant in Minneapolis. One day, a street person named Marcus walked into her restaurant begging for money. Instead of giving it to him, Ms. Abigail asked why he didn’t have a job. He said he had a lot of felonies and no one wanted to hire him so he had to beg and steal to get money. Despite the fact that her restaurant was not doing well at the time she said, “If you want a job, I have one for you.” He said, “I’ll do anything for food.” She offered him a job washing dishes for two hours a day. As Marcus was putting on an apron, she gave him a sandwich. The first thing he did was wrap half of it in foil, walked outside and gave it to a homeless woman on the street. His comment was, “I know she’s hungry.” After Ms. Abigail posted a photo of Marcus washing dishes on Facebook, she received lots of inquiries from other people wanting to help. In addition, the publicity that has accompanied Marcus’ story has caused her business to flourish. What’s so ironic about this story is the day Marcus walked into her restaurant, things were not going well and she was considering giving up on her dream. Still, she offered to help Marcus in the small way that she could and quickly found herself on the receiving end of a huge helping hand that she desperately needed. What the world needs are more people like Cesia Abigail who have the faith to extend a helping hand without knowing what the outcome will be.

If you would like to read more about this amazing story either go to Abi’s Café on Facebook or the following article by Laura Bult which appeared in the New York Daily News.

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