Salar Restaurant and Lounge presented Dayton Children’s Hospital Burn Program with a $3,600 donation. The funds were raised by selling tickets for local eatery’s soft opening and grand opening events in September. Salar, located at 400 E. Fifth St. in Dayton, Ohio, reopened to the public on Oct. 1, just shy of a year after a devastating fire forced the local restaurant to shutter temporarily to rebuild.
The donation will underwrite the cost of burn kits for families in-need that financially cannot afford to purchase the necessary medical supplies to treat injuries.
Salar owner and executive chef Margot Blondet was touched by the support of the community during the time of the fire and felt that it was important to pay that support forward.
“Dayton has showed us the true meaning of community, that when things get tough, we come together to help one another,” says Blondet. “I felt a responsibility to share the kindness of my friends and neighbors to help families that are experiencing hardship.”
Children are especially vulnerable to burn injuries. Children under five years old are 2.4 times as likely as the general population to suffer burn injuries that require emergency medical treatment, according to the American Burn Association. Almost one-quarter of all burn injuries occur in children under the age of 15.
“We are so thankful for the generous donation from Salar Restaurant and Lounge,” says Franki Meier, BS, Donor Engagement Specialist at Dayton Children’s Hospital. “It’s only through support like this that we can continue to provide the very best care close to home for the more than 350,000 children that need Dayton Children’s every year.”