Naperville Helps Japan

When he first heard about the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Hossein Jamali knew he wanted to help.

“It is very difficult to watch all the images of the disaster on TV and be indifferent about it,” said Jamali.

Jamali owns the Naperville restaurant Meson Sabika. Today he hosted a benefit for those impacted by the disaster. He’s donating 100% of his sales from the day to the American Red Cross.

“It will be for shelters, and for giving medical and food to people who need it,” said Glynnis McCrimmon, and American Red Cross Volunteer.

Just days after the earthquake, the staff at Meson Sabika set a fundraiser date. They began getting the word out to make sure it would be a success. On a typical Monday, there are about 150 reservations. Today, they had nearly 400 from people wanting to help the cause.

“I like to support what I consider a worthy cause, and this obviously a very worthy cause, so any way that I can help,” said Gloria Moscarello, a Montgomery Resident.

“It’s not difficult to be a participant when you come here and have lunch,” said John Higgins, a Naperville resident.

“I called up and I asked is Hossein doing anything, and it turned out he was hosting this benefit, bless his heart,” said Julia Ballent, a Naperville resident. “I called up some of my girlfriends, and we all wanted to support the cause, and we all love coming here anyway so it’s kind of a win-win.”

Despite the fact Meson Sabika won’t turn a profit today, Jamali still considers the day a win.

“I think we gain a lot of pleasure, myself and the entire team, are very excited about today, we’re very happy, and doing this makes us sleep better at night,” said Jamali.

The fundraiser for Japan will continue until Meson Sabika closes at 10PM. Reservations are welcome, but walk-ins are also accepted.

Michelle Corless reports.

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