While most restaurants were closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, one fine dining establishment opened it’s doors to help feed families in need.
“It bothered both of us that there weren’t a lot of thanksgiving meal events around,” said Doctor Jugta Kahi.
The Oak Island Pediatrician and Chagall Fine Dining owner Rhonda Uhlmann decided to make almost 2-hundred Thanksgiving dinners for families in need.
“We were talking about how families have had a hard time this year and the last couple years with the bad economy and how expensive feeding a family was for Thanksgiving,” said Kahai.
By selling t-shirts and collecting donations, the two women raised almost 4-thousand dollars to put together the meals.
“This is one meal. So at christmas we’d like to fill boxes so it’s a little more sustainable,” said Uhlman.
“We did not want to do something that was like a homeless soup kitchen because families have homes,” said Jugta. “We wanted to provide them the dignity of taking a boxed meal home that they could enjoy with their family.”
After hearing about the effort Cole, Ben, and Grant Daley called to find out how they could lend a hand.
“We just decided to help out because it’s the right thing to do,” said Cole Daley. “During Thanksgiving, it’s more about giving. So, we just wanted to give to other families that are in need during this time.”
They weren’t alone – about a dozen volunteers showed up to help pack the meals and hand them out. For the families who received the meals, there was reason to give thanks.
“I think that it’s really nice for people to be able to eat dinner if they don’t have money,” said Kaley Jackson.