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SXU shows support to students victimized by an anti-Muslim message


In recent weeks, people across the nation have been victimized by racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination; but for one family of Saint Xavier University (SXU) students, it has hit close to home. This week, SXU students and their parents' family business, 4 Sisters Sweets & Catering, fell victim to an anti-Muslim message left on a dollar bill by a stranger.

Rather than being divided by the message, both the SXU and local community have rallied together in solidarity for the family. This weekend on Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5, there will be a cash mob for the family's Mediterranean-themed restaurant -- spend money, eat great food, meet incredibly hard-working women, and tell them they are cherished by the University. Steve English, a Beverly resident, will host this weekend's event and will track the response from this cash mob. The three daughters of the family business are full-time students at the University studying pre-medicine, in an effort to ultimately help others.

Even though the cash mob is set for this weekend, the response from both the SXU and local community continues to grow every day. The family's business was featured on Thursday, February 2 on NBC 5 Chicago; SXU School of Education (SOE) Associate Professor Kathleen McInerney was interviewed during this segment on why people should respond and showcase their support for these students and their family. The Beverly Patch also wrote an article on the incident and how folks can help come together in unity.

The family restaurant is located at 10317 Central Ave., Oak Lawn. The establishment is a pick-up location only, and call-in orders are welcome. Both vegan and gluten-free menu options are available; for the full menu, please go online.