Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

November 30, 2013

Mayasari Thanksgiving dinner a success

By Amanda Browning Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG – Mayasari “Maya” Effendi, owner of Mayasari Indonesian Grill, held a free-will offering Thanksgiving dinner for the people of Decatur County.

The money raised through donations was used to benefit Edelweiss House and the Greensburg Community Bread of Life. Both organizations support causes near and dear to the hearts of Maya and her husband, Richard Mays.

Edelweiss House is an alternative to the welfare system when families find themselves in situations where the children cannot remain in the home. Their motto is, “Helping to keep kids safe and families together.” Edelweiss House owns land and houses volunteer “host families” that live on the property and care for children that are between permanent homes.

Currently, the Hanna family lives at Edelweiss House and cares for the two children receiving help from the organization. All the workers at Edelweiss House are volunteers and do not take a salary. The host families welcome the children into their families and hearts, caring for them until the parents are again able to do it. As long as the struggling family is making a concerted effort to pull things together again, Edelweiss House will do what they can to help.

Mike and Melissa Hanna, along with their children, are the host family currently living in the “Hoss Family Home” at Edelweiss House. They attended the Thanksgiving dinner at Mayasari to welcome guests and escort them to their tables while their children helped clear dishes.

The spirit of generosity and thankfulness was alive and well at Mayasari on Thanksgiving and will likely continue through the rest of the holiday season, if the atmosphere at the holiday meal is any indication.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004; amanda.browning@greensburgdailynews.com.