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Restaurant gives back, seeks to thank teachers for their hard work

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Yaba and Bateeni Mediterranean both discount food for first responders since the start of the pandemic, and dozens of Eastern Elementary teachers were recently treated to a free lunch. (Photo: Mariana Rodriguez, WCTI NewsChannel 12)

One Greenville restaurant is all about giving back to community members, particularly amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Yaba and Bateeni Mediterranean Grill & Café both discount food for first responders since the start of the pandemic, and dozens of Eastern Elementary teachers were recently treated to a free lunch.

Asif and Majd Daher say it was a small token of appreciation for the big job teachers. Asfi says the idea came to him when he was picking his daughter up from school.

"Honestly, you know, we are all one community, and if everybody does the same thing to help in their field in whatever they specialize, the world would be a better place than what it is right now," he said. "Honestly, you know, so we try to do our best, and if everybody does the same thing, nobody needs anything."

They wanted to do more to help, so Majd decided he wanted to take a step further with a teacher appreciation raffle.

On Facebook, the restaurant asked community members to tag or nominate teachers to win a $25 gift card to the restaurant. Majd says five lucky teachers were chosen over the weekend, and he hopes to do whatever he can to thank them for their work.

"We are planning on doing much more in the future," he explained. "Teachers need help more than anybody; they do so much -- they are underappreciated -- so we try to do as much as we can for them."

Keep an eye on the restaurant's Facebook page because they plan to host another raffle soon.

Asfi adds that they also always welcome people who may not be able to pay for their meal.