From Killing Fields to Orange County deli, immigrant’s journey is about building community

Jenny Lu is a role model for giving what you can, even when you have very little.

Anyone who selflessly helps others deserves applause, even more so in this age of grab what you can. Still, every once in a while we come across someone who merits a standing ovation for reaching out.

Meet Jenny Lu, who literally vibrates with enthusiasm when she talks about things like service, paying it forward, building community.

On a deli owner’s income and without fanfare, Lu quietly donates dozens of fresh doughnuts to Marines at Camp Pendleton, feeds the homeless, treats hundreds of high school marching band and theater students to pastries every week and even matches the quarters that customers slip into her countertop “fight leukemia” collection card.

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