INA Garten has shown she has a heart.
The Barefoot Contessa star has reached out to meet a 6-year-old boy stricken with leukemia who requested a cooking session with her through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She turned him down, twice, claiming her schedule was too packed to meet him.
Now, after multiple blogs and news outlets criticized her decision, Garten is inviting Enzo Pereda to the set of The Barefoot Contessa.
“Ina became aware of Enzo’s story this weekend and will be calling him today,” a spokesperson for Garten said in a statement to ABCNews.
“She looks forward to inviting him to spend some time with her at the Food Network studios.”
“Ina receives approximately 100 requests a month to support charitable causes that deeply affect peoples’ lives,” the statement continued.
“She contributes both personally and financially on a regular basis to numerous causes, including to Make-A-Wish Foundation. Sadly, it’s of course not possible to do them all. Throughout her life, Ina has contributed generously to all kinds of important efforts and she will continue to do so.”
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