Lincoln restaurant hosts benefit for struggling single mom

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Pepe’s Bistro held a benefit Sunday morning to raise money for a single mother facing financial difficulties.

Mistie Diaz said she lost her job due to health reasons.

Now she is trying to make ends meet for herself and her daughter.

Pepe’s Bistro is a vegetarian Mexican restaurant owned by Diaz’s uncle, Pepe.

Diaz said her uncle encouraged her to move to Nebraska around 16 years ago.

She has stayed here ever since because of the sense of community in Lincoln.

Diaz said Pepe is the type of person who steps up and takes charge when someone is struggling.

“He’s helped his community in so many ways,” she said. “He is my inspiration. He really is.”

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Pepe cooked vegetarian options for people to choose from.

He made tortas, nachos and breakfast burritos, as well as a variety of drinks and desserts for the occasion.

Fifty percent of the proceeds went to Diaz.

Local artists were also able to donate art for auction in the restaurant, with 100% of those proceeds going to Diaz and her daughter.

Diaz said her uncle’s generosity is something she really needed right now.

“This month has been the hardest month for me,” she said. “I’ve always worked, I’ve never missed any days, but this month has hit me really, really hard, and I’m in a bind right now so I’m kind of hurting.”

Diaz said her 16-year-old daughter has medical problems that require medication, so Diaz has had to prioritize that over bills and other necessities.

She attended the benefit to help serve customers. Diaz said it was her uncle’s idea to host the benefit, but she wanted to help in any way possible.

“Just this one time, for the first time in my life, I’m at my lowest,” she said. “He’s throwing this benefit for me, and I appreciate that with all of my heart, but I want to be here and tell those people thank you for coming in and supporting me.”

Pepe set up a Venmo account for donations, which is open to anyone who wasn’t able to make it to the benefit on Sunday.

The Venmo username is: Burrito-emergency-1

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