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Full Circle Moment

Original post made by Anna Schaller, Downtown, on Nov 19, 2021

Laura Castro starts her day with a school drop off and church visit before heading to Vic’s All Star Kitchen on Main Street in Pleasanton. Laura and her husband, Ernesto, are co-owners of Vic's. Both worked for Vic until he decided to retire -- Laura for 24 years and Ernesto for 12 years -- and have taken over the restaurant since.

During lunch hour, a customer asked about the possibility of using the back room for meetings. The request immediately stood out to Laura. The customer, Vicki Gordillo, is President of the local chapter of Assistance League®, Assistance League® of Amador Valley. Operation School Bell® - Clothing the Children, one of the programs the organization runs, invites school age children to go shopping for back-to-school clothes. Each child is given a budget and can pick out new items they need.

That’s when Laura had a full circle moment. Both her oldest son and daughter participated in the program at one point. Her son, now 22 and a US Marine, was 7 years old at the time. He was thrilled to be given the opportunity to shop. Something about picking out new clothes puts a smile on every child's face. Her daughter, now a college student, was in kindergarten when she participated. Both benefited from the intent and purpose of this program -- to make the lives of families better and to help children in need. Over the last 21 years, Operation School Bell® - Clothing the Children has served more than 6,000 children and countless families. Even with the challenges of the last two years, the program is still serving families in creative ways.

For more information on Assistance League® of Amador Valley go to Web Link For information on Vic’s go to Web Link

Comments (2)

Posted by Kevin
a resident of Castlewood
on Nov 21, 2021 at 6:15 pm

Kevin is a registered user.

Thank you for sharing! This is what makes America Great!


Posted by Mary
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 22, 2021 at 1:26 pm

Mary is a registered user.

What a wonderful story! And what a wonderful restaurant! Thank you for sharing this.


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