Foster kids celebrate Christmas Eve with a private holiday dinner

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Plaka restaurant in Kenmore is putting on a Christmas party this Christmas Eve. 
It’s for almost 40 kids from Baker Victory Foster services program. 

Halli Lavner with Baker Victory Services tells News 4 how special it is that these kids are served a Christmas Eve dinner. 

She said, “It’s fun, it’s special, so it’s like this special thing which they haven’t always had special things so this is really, really nice.”

They were served, pasta or burgers and fries, and of course hot chocolate. 

 It’s not how they would’ve spent this day otherwise 

Lavner said, “I hate to say it, they probably would’ve been having like cold cuts and sandwiches and some cookies, so this is like, so special.”

The majority of kids are from the emergency foster care program, that’s why we’re not showing their faces. Lavner said, “They’ve  been placed because of neglect, so it could be sibling groups it could be older kids.”

Lavner says  holidays are particularly tough when you don’t have a place to call home 

“The kids that we work with, really the families have not had it easy. There’s been a lot of different things that have been going on, so this brings up a lot of losses for the kids.”

Telly Gogos, owner of Plaka’s Restaurant tells us, it’s his first time doing this. 

A Facebook post sparked the idea, and the rest is history. 

He said, “The kids that we work with really the families have not had it easy there’s been a lot of different things that have been going on, so this brings up a lot of losses for the kids.”

They kids also received gifts. Plaka’s employees each picked a gift to buy for. They also donated their time to serve the kids on Christmas Eve. 

If you’d like to learn more about the Foster Program, head to this link. 

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