Thanksgiving came early for some local residents, courtesy of three local families, who worked together Nov. 20-21 to prepare 200 Thanksgiving meals which they then distributed free to anyone who showed up Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, at Potato House to receive them.
The families a few days before noted they would offer to-go boxes ready to be taken home home. Those interested in the Thanksgiving meal only had to drive up or walk up outside the Connally Street restaurant to be helped.
According to Shery Cotten with Potato house, the families began cooking the day before, worked overnight and Sunday morning to have the food cooked and packaged out to be distributed fresh and hot starting at 11 a.m. Nov. 21, just outside the business.
The families decided to come together to offer the meals as a way of giving back to their community during the holiday season, to make the Thanksgiving week a little happier and easier for those in need, whether elderly who are unable to prepare their own full meals or those who need a little help to have a full meal. There were no requirements, nor questions asked. They had only to show up and receive the warm meals made from the heart by all of the families – which included adults and children, who helped deliver the boxed meals from the kitchen to the front door Sunday.
Some arrived and were waiting on the sidewalk, having walked up to receive a meal at 11, and others drove up in a steady stream of cars. The family members took turns delivering them to community members and wishing the thankful recipients a happy Thanksgiving.