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Small businesses find value in charitable giving

December 6, 2010 | 12:16 pm

58103171 Small businesses may be struggling these days, but many have not given up on supporting local charities.

In East Los Angeles, restaurant owner Jim Roman said he has given away hundreds of meals of barbecued ribs and chicken to support neighborhood charities and school clubs in the 18 months his small eatery has been open, even though he is barely breaking even.

On Saturday, for example, he'll be feeding 40 volunteers who will be helping to pack and give away bags of food for families invited to a holiday event organized by Volunteers of East Los Angeles.

"As a new business, people tell me, 'You are crazy. You are insane. Why are you doing it? You are not making any money,' " said Roman, a former trucker who works at his AJ's B.B.Q. Pit seven days a week. Read more here:


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Photo: Jim Roman stands with his wife, Elda, and daughter Monica outside their East Los Angeles restaurant, AJ's B.B.Q. Pit. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times.