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Community gathers to help those impacted by Surfside building collapse

'We're trying a little bit to put a smile on their face today,' restaurant owner says
Posted at 12:17 AM, Jun 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-25 00:17:35-04

SURFSIDE, Fla. — Amid a tragic event, people are coming together to show compassion as many people pray for the families impacted.

At the Shul of Bal Harbour, a few miles north along Collins Avenue, a restaurant owner came with a truckload of donations.

"People lost everything and they don't have nothing, so from mattresses, pillows, shirts, underwear, kids toys," said Shlomi Ezra, owner of Soho Asian Bar & Grill. "So that's what we did. We got the community together and we have a truck full to help them out."

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Police officers from the city of Aventura, as well as teenagers who were walking by, pitched in to unload the truck. Other people left their jobs for the day to come and helped.

"We left everything behind us," said volunteer Gili Allouche. "I left my business and I know others left everything to try to come here and do good."

Ezra said they are still collecting donations at their restaurant Soho Asian Bar & Grill in Aventura until noon Friday and will be bringing another truckload then.

"We're trying a little bit to put a smile on their face today," said Ezra.

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