Fish Fry Fundraiser Fridays

WYOMING, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It’s fish fry season and one Luzerne County bakery and cafe is doing its version of the Lenten tradition every Friday until Easter, with a charitable twist.

Frying up something good. For a good cause.

Royal Bakery and Cafe on Wyoming Avenue in Wyoming is giving back, with its fish fry fundraiser Fridays.

“So we’ve been partnering with some of our neighbors and other local organizations,” Becky Harris owner of Royal Bakery and Cafe.

Each Friday during Lent, the small, family business partners with a different nonprofit from NEPA,
and donates a portion of proceeds from their fish fry dinners.

Owner Becky Harris says she recognizes the importance of giving back

“It’s really hard to find people who are really willing to go out of their way to support somebody.
even if they don’t know a whole lot about it or whatever but you know it’s just something the world needs,” explained Harris.

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This week’s fish fry fundraiser benefits an organization called the D.I.R.T. Project.

“D.I.R.T. stands for deeply invested in reaching the third world and we’re an organization that does water wells and water irrigation systems in third world countries, specifically in Kenya Africa,” said Joshua Salvaterra the director of the D.I.R.T Project.

Salvaterra a Luzerne County native, grew up in Kingston. He got the idea after working with other nonprofits who do similar work.

“It was just really something that grew in my heart over time,” says Salvaterra.

Since its inception in 2016, the nonprofit has completed almost five projects.

“D.I.R.T Project number five right now is being done at a school of over 500 children,
who just have no access to clean water. their water comes from water catchment projects off of roofs,” continued Salvaterra.

Salvaterra says the D.I.R.T Project and its volunteers are making a difference.

“So we’re putting a water well there, and water towers so that they can pump the water up into the tower and have water on reserve, and then we run irrigation systems that will give them also access to be able to farm their land as well so they’ll have clean water, and they’ll be able to have their own food that they can produce,” added Salvaterra.

Back at home, Salvaterra says he is incredibly grateful for the support from the team at Royal Bakery and Cafe.

“I just love their heart for kindness and generosity and giving back and just making a difference.
when you’re talking about doing projects in Africa that money goes such a long way so it makes a huge difference,” stated Salvaterra.

If you’re interested in learning more about the D.I.R.T Project or which fish fry fundraisers are coming up at Royal Bakery and Cafe visit their Facebook pages.

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