Waiter stands up for boy with Down syndrome

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downHOUSTON, TX – Michael Garcia, a waiter at Laurenzo’s Prime Rib on Washington, is proving that small acts of kindness can have huge effects.

When one of Michael’s tables at the restaurant asked to move away from Milo Castillo, a 5-year-old with Down syndrome, because “special needs kids should be kept in special places,” Michael didn’t allow the hate-talk to stand.

He said the comment offended him and refused to serve the table. The group ended up leaving the restaurant, and since then the story has spread. It has inspired checks, cards and gift certificates from all around the world. On Thursday, Michael gave it all -over $1000- to the kids at Milo’s school.

“I’m giving it to the children, because that’s the right thing to do. I cannot benefit from this financially, and I will not, that would be wrong,” Michael says.

After spending some time with Milo and his classmates at The Rise School, Michael walked away with his hands full of homemade cards. Safe to say his heart was pretty full too.



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