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Plaka Restaurant provides special dinner for kids in foster care

The owner of a Kenmore restaurant opened on Christmas Eve to provide a special dinner for kids in emergency foster care.

KENMORE, N.Y. — The holidays are often about families getting together. For children in emergency foster care, family is only a wish. Thankfully a local restaurant owner wanted to make the season a little brighter so he opened up on Christmas Eve to give 50-60 Baker Victory foster kids a total restaurant experience.

The owner of Plaka Restaurant on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore was more than happy to provide a free dinner to the children in emergency foster care.

"I just felt like doing something nice for the kids," said Telly Gogos.

Arelys, 13, has spent part of her young life caring for her siblings.

She admits it was "frustrating" at times "because I had to do almost everything by myself."

Her wish is to see her mom again.

Gogos gave the young people a total restaurant experience with a special menu to order from and they received presents.

"It is very emotional, just to see them and know that they don't have the same things that we do," Gogos said.

There is a need for foster families according to Halli Lavner, Director of OCFS Residential and Foster Care at Baker Victory Services. "There is a huge need for foster families that will take sibling groups and teenagers."

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