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Poway restaurant workers receive cash gift

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Posted at 11:55 AM, Dec 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-15 14:55:16-05

POWAY, Calif. (KGTV)- Community members in Poway are coming together to spread a little holiday cheer for restaurant workers. Many of them were out of work while the city was under that week-long boil water notice.

Dozens lined up Sunday morning at the Poway Library to receive their $100 gift.

“I’ve been in Poway since 1958,” says Carla (name). “This is just the best thing they could do for us workers.”

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The rainstorm over the Thanksgiving holiday compromised the city’s water system, prompting the boil water notice.

“A lot of these people are on minimum wage,” says co-organizer Phil Factor. “They have a family. They have bills to pay. They have Christmas lists. They’re struggling.”

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A GoFundMe account has been set up by community members to give the restaurant workers the extra cash. Organizers have pre-identified workers. They will be doing a giveaway for another group of 40 next week.