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Posted: December 24, 2008 5:31 p.m.
Updated: December 25, 2008 4:55 a.m.
When I heard recently about a 34-year-old man who was killed by throngs of people pushing to get into a Walmart store in New York, I wondered, "What is this world coming to?"

Is it full of selfish people who couldn't go into a store in an orderly manner and actually ended up trampling a man to death?

It's depressing when you think about it. Then something wonderful happened to shine a huge beacon of light on the fact that there are people who are loving, caring, giving, sharing and willing to do wonderful things for people who are less fortunate.

My sister, Betty Zalud, lost her mobile home in the Sayre Fire in Sylmar in November.

On a recent Sunday, the Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills hosted a wonderful lunch for all of those who lost their homes.

The manager, Mr. Bustami, the banquet manager, Louis Camacho, Teresa McLaughlin and Dianne Boone (who both used to live at the OakRidge Mobile Home Park) came together and opened their arms and the Odyssey Restaurant for those less fortunate people.

The Odyssey donated the room and all the terrific food, and six terrific florists donated all the beautiful centerpieces for each table.

The L.A. Bakery donated all the delicious desserts; the Lions Club distributed gift cards and the Every Day Korean Church from Northridge donated a large check.

I am sure there were other people whom we don't know about who donated money toward this lunch also.
These victims were able to re-connect with all their neighbors and have a wonderful afternoon, all because of the generosity and love of many people.

And to top it all off, the firemen from Stations 91, 94 and 98 who fought to save their homes and helped evacuate and carry people out also came.

When you see something like this, it makes you hope the good people outweigh the people who are selfishly trying to get into a store to get to a sale and kill someone in the process.

It makes you feel there is still some hope for this world.

A big thank you to the Odyssey Restaurant!


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