Local restaurants plan to donate funds to a restaurant employee who was critically injured during an attempted robbery.

The Los Angeles Chapter of the California Restaurant Association has pledged $1,000 to an employee of Paco’s Tacos on Manchester Avenue who was shot by a robber several weeks ago.

Tony Palermo of Tony P’s Dockside Grill, Restaurant Association Los Angeles Chapter president, is leading the effort to get other restaurant and business owners to contribute to the victim.

Palermo said it is the community’s responsibility to respond to tragedies like this.

“I’m asking every restaurant owner and business owner to think about this situation as if it were one of their employees who got shot,” Palermo said. “It’s less than a week before Christmas, and he has a wife and two small children.

“It’s time for everyone in the community to step up to the plate, and business owners especially.”

The Paco’s restaurant employee, Gamaliel Delgado, was severely wounded in an after-hours attempted robbery at the restaurant. He survived the head wound, but is in critical condition after emerging from a medically-induced coma. He has a wife and two children, four and two years old.

Paco’s has established a special bank account for the benefit of Delgado and his family.

Donations made to the account will go directly to the family, Palmero said.

“Those interested in donating should make checks payable to “Dionisio Diaz, for the benefit of Gamaliel Delgado,” Palmero said.

Checks can be delivered to George Ponce, Paco’s manager, or sent to George Ponce, manager, Paco’s Tacos Cantina, 6212 Manchester Ave., Westchester 90045.

Information, (310) 645-8692.