Tavern 101 Grill & Tap House was under an evacuation order in Agoura Hills, California. The owner, Marco Gonzalez, was one of thousands evacuated from the community because of the Woolsey Fire. As he watched news coverage of the fires, he knew he had to help. The next day he went to fire command and was cleared to reopen his business, where he cooked hot meals for more than 700 firefighters.
When he ran out of food, his sister-in-law created a Venmo account where $25,000 was quickly raised. People who donated money also came in to the restaurant to help. They created a "thank you" banner for the firemen. Within 24 hours, more than 1,000 firefighters enjoyed a hot meal and had time to sit down, watch television and rest before heading back out to the woods to protect homes.
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