These are your #LocalHeroes — ordinary people doing extraordinary things in Sweetwater County. This SweetwaterNOW series highlights those often unnoticed acts of kindness to the incredible actions of many in our community.
Showing love towards the community is at the heart of what local restaurant manager Jerry Zhang hopes to achieve on a daily basis. When the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic came knocking at the door, that goal didn’t change.
Zhang has gone above and beyond his call of duty to help the community despite being in the hard hit restaurant industry. As the manager of Sapporo Japanese Steakhouse in Rock Springs and Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse in Evanston, Zhang has used both restaurants as an instrument of kindness.
The list of charitable actions taken by Zhang is long and remarkable. When COVID-19 first appeared, he did his best to track down 2,000 face masks for people who needed them. Getting the masks was no easy task due to short supply, but he managed to get his hands on some which in turn helped many obtain personal protection they didn’t have.
After seeing many children down in the dumps about celebrating their birthdays at home, he offered free meals to lift the spirits of those with quarantined birthdays. A simple, yet meaningful gift.
When schools closed, children were again at the forefront of Zhang’s efforts to reach out and help. He offered to provide meals for any child in need that may be going without meals through the end of the pandemic.
Last week, Zhang used the Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse located in Evanston to provide relief. He and the Ichiban staff gave away 100 meals to the people in Evanston.
Zhang’s latest helping hand went towards graduating seniors. After feeling remorse over graduation plans, he announced that he would be giving away $20 gift cards to 100 graduates in the community.
And that’s just a few of the things Zhang and his team have accomplished during the COVID-19 pandemic. He acknowledged that his wife Angela has also been an important factor in helping him spread positivity throughout the community.
Sweetwater County is Zhang’s second home and he loves every aspect of the community. His hope is for other businesses to join him in making the community a better place, especially during hard times.
“I will keep doing my best with my Sapporo team and Ichiban team to make our community better,” Zhang said.
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