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Boise cafe joins in efforts to help victims of Nepal earthquake; donate to them and to other causes

Kind Cuisine Cafe will host a fundraiser for earthquake relief in Nepal on Sunday.

The restaurant on 4628 West State St. will offer a "Nepalese generosity plate" for a pay-what-you-can price. Donations go toward local efforts to help the victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal.

“It's part of our commitment to give back as much as we can and to create social awareness,” said co-owner and chef Michelle Reynolds.

Customers who buy a generosity plate will get traditional Nepalese food at a price of their choosing that will go toward helping victims of the earthquake. The fundraiser is part of the cafe’s ongoing generosity plate option.

“We already have a pay-as-you-like generosity plate,” Reynolds said. “Typically it will pay it forward to someone who can't buy a plate.”

Other local ways to donate: Boise State’s Nepalese Student Association created a fund to assist with the quake response, spreading word at a Tuesday vigil. Midday Friday, the fund had raised more than $3,700.

The Boise community also is turning out to help a former Treasure Valley family living in Nepal get back on their feet. A GoFundMe page for the family, who owned and operated Meridian's MoMo Food of the Himalayas, has raised more than $3,800 since Saturday.

Many international assistance groups are taking donations for rescue and recovery efforts in the Central Asian country, including the Red Cross, Save the Children, Oxfam and UNICEF. Social media companies like Facebook are also gathering funds through notices in their users’ feeds.

NPR has advice for how to choose where to donate.