The "lunch rush" was a little different at a restaurant in Southington on Tuesday afternoon where the owner catered to a crowd of people who sometimes don't get the attention they deserve.
The season served-up something special for customers at Casa Margarita. The Southington restaurant on West Street opened in June, but the owner couldn't let his first Christmas come and go without doing something different.
"I was gonna try to do something during Thanksgiving time, but it was kinda too late,” Brad Lyons, who is the owner of Casa Margarita, said.
Lyons had three seatings in one day. He covered the cost of a Christmas meal for members of the community with special needs.
"I wanted to do that for the people that,” Lyons said. “Like I said, stuck in homes and don't have families there during Christmas and during the holiday times, I thought that it would be a nice thing to do."
Danny Lespair is part of a program at Abilities without Boundaries in Cheshire. He said lunch was “good.”
“This is a nice thing. Everything is new, I love this,” Lespair said.
Cyrus Damon with the Abilities without Boundaries talked about the program.
"We tend to the needs of the individuals on a daily basis,” Damon said. “We take them out to the community, such as today, and we interact. [We] teach them how to interact and be more accepted into the community as one with us."
But all these guests of honor are also affiliated with Delta-T Group. It's a staffing agency that helps place people with disabilities and during any given week, they work with as many as 200 contractors.
"For me personally, I have over 35 years in rehabilitation and I really do believe every life is worth taking care of,” Linda Moriber, who is the manager of disabilities services at Delta-T Group, said. “And we really believe with our providers that everybody should be able to live in their community to their fullest potential and if we can be part of making that happen. That's really great."
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