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article imageItalian Homeless Get Caviar for Christmas

By M Dee Dubroff     Dec 24, 2008 in Lifestyle
In keeping with the spirit of the season but going just a little bit over the top, the homeless in Milan will enjoy a rare holiday treat; choice beluga caviar confiscated from traffickers! Read this tale of giving and get a little warm and fuzzy all over.
According to news sources, Italian police seized over 40 kg (88 lb) of choice caviar, worth some 400,000 euros ($558,300), from two men who smuggled it into Italy from Poland last month for sale in the shops of Milan and the rest of the wealthy Lombardy region. Authorities kept the “booty” stored in refrigerators for weeks but realized that it would go bad soon if it wasn’t consumed. According to Juri Mantegazza, the head of police:
“Tests showed us the food was still perfectly OK to eat but it couldn't be stored much longer, so we decided to give it to the poor.”
Some of the caviar has been kept for further analysis while the rest has been sent to voluntary associations, charity kitchens and old people's homes.
In the words of Virginio Colmega, a priest who helps run the House of Charity in Milan:
“Everything that comes our way is very welcome, even though most of our guests don't even know what those little black balls are.”
Happy holidays and a warm and fuzzy feeling to all.
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