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Fairfax Co. restaurant delivers meals to first responders again as COVID cases soar (LOOK)

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Fairfax Co. restaurant delivers meals to first responders again as COVID cases soar (LOOK)
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In March, 7 On Your Side brought you the admirable story of restaurant owner Sal Speziale and his quest to deliver free meals to first responders despite his restaurant taking a financial hit from the pandemic. 

Well, as new COVID-19 cases soar once again in our area, Speziale and his team of dedicated employees at Ciao Osteria in Centreville were back at it again Saturday delivering fresh hot meals to the emergency department at  Inova Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax. 

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His team delivered 30 hot lunches to emergency department staff during the afternoon on Saturday, and plan to deliver more meals in the coming week.   

As of right now, they've delivered more than 15,300.

"We need to give back. We need to protect them and help them and take that load off their shoulders and by doing this, by bringing them the meals, the smile that you see on their face is worth every minute," said Speziale.

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"It's really nice to know that the whole community is behind us and supporting us in our efforts to help with this pandemic," said Molly Price, an RN at the hospital.

While she and her team are extremely grateful, they also have a message for other ways people can help.

"Stay the course. Stay vigilante with social distancing, hand hygiene, wearing their mask in public. That is helpful to us. It's helpful to them," said Betsy Moran, an RN unit supervisor.

Speziale is a first-generation immigrant and told 7 On Your Side in March that his family was very poor when they came to the U.S., and knows all too well the burden of sacrifice and struggle. 

He eventually became a fighter pilot in the U.S. military before becoming a pilot for American Airlines where he just recently retired after 32 years of flying.  

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For more information and to donate so Ciao Osteria can continue to feed first responders, click here.  

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