Maple Indian Cuisine will donate funds to Goshen RV fire victim's family

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By: Geoff Lesar
glesar@flavor574.com

J. Tyler Klassen/The Elkhart Truth

Owners of a local restaurant are reaching out to a Goshen family recently touched by tragedy.  

Firefighters were called to an RV fire Sunday morning, April 12 in the 200 block of N. 21st St. in Goshen. Two adults and four children, including an infant, were occupying the trailer when the blaze began, The Elkhart Truth reports.

One of the children, 7-year-old Samael Hazard, died in the fire. His brother, 10-year-old Anthony, was airlifted to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo and then transported to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children in Cincinnati where he was in stable condition as of Tuesday, according to a report from The Goshen News.

Upon receiving the news, Rosie and Bobby Singh, owners of Maple Indian Cuisine, decided to join the community efforts to support the family.

Throughout the month of May, the Singhs will donate $1 from every lunch buffet plate purchased at their restaurant to the family of Samael and Anthony.   

“My wife wanted to do this because there were three kids. One of them didn’t make it and the other is in the hospital,” Bobby Singh said. “She just wanted to help — that’s it. I have no personal connection with this family.”

The Singhs opened Maple Indian Cuisine, 127 S. Main St., Goshen, in September 2014. It is currently the only restaurant serving traditional Indian fare in the city.

Grace Community Church, 20076 C.R. 36, Goshen, is also accepting donations for the affected family. A separate GoFundMe campaign has been established with a goal of $10,000. Collected funds will be directed toward Samael’s funeral expenses and Anthony’s hospital bills. 

Memorial contributions can also be sent to Eley Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 27, Constantine, Mich. 49042.

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