Sat. May 28th, 2022

Last week, we brought you the story of Ogilvie Pizza’s owner, Hani Soueid, and his kind action towards a loyal customer who has been given COVID-19. Now the same pizza shop is on its way.

When Soueid went out of his way to help that customer, the message came around.

“We got calls from British Columbia, we got calls from all over Ottawa, even Ontario,” Soueid says. “People donate money just to give to other people. We’ve probably given away 50 to 75 pizzas just by donating from other people.”

Last week, Lorna Forbes got COVID-19. When she called her favorite pizza shop to order a ginger beer, she was surprised at what was actually delivered.

“And I came in, opened the bag, and that was any medicine you need to fight a cold,” Forbes said.

But a few days before Soueid’s act of kindness, the accident struck.

“At 4:28 in the morning, someone broke in,” Soueid said. “They just took the money and left.”

His door was smashed, his restaurant robbed. But the accident did not end there.

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“We had so many calls that we could not even keep up because one of the ovens was broken,” Soueid says. “It was just all at once. We had the break in, we had the oven, we actually had our fridge that just got fixed behind us, one of them broke. There were three leaks in the store, but we “To fix all that. To be honest with you, we still stand, we still smile, we still help people.”

And while Soueid is busy helping others, someone decided to help him.

Calif Berkeley is the glazier of European Glass & Paint. On Tuesday, he installed a brand new front door at Ogilvie Pizza.

“More than happy to install this glass for him. Free,” says Berkeley. “I’m glad our boss jumped in and wanted to do it. So it makes me feel good that I’m working for a good Corporation.”

After watching Soueid’s story on CTV News last week, the owner of the glass shop, David Baker, did not hesitate.

“We saw that he had broken in and his front door was locked,” Baker says. “You know, I figured we were going to be up for the kindness week next month. And if one kindness act incites another kindness act, it’s like a domino effect. And if everyone did a kindness act for another in this city, so great as this city is, it would be so much bigger. “

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Baker contacted Saand Inc.’s glass manufacturers, who made a brand new sealed device – something that usually takes a month – in a few days. Also free.

“It’s not often you get a chance to help,” says Michel Lacoste, Saand Inc.’s general manager. “It’s a small gesture, but you’re definitely fine with it. I mean, these people, what they did for this lady was amazing. “

A ripple effect of good deeds, at a time when doing something for others is more important than ever.

“My work is done,” Soueid says. “What would I really do? Just help a lady. Now a whole community helps everyone. I’m so happy. I feel so blessed that it happened to us at all.”


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