SAGINAW (WJRT) - (11/09/18) - The Savoy Bar and Grill in Saginaw is preparing to serve up holiday cheer just before Thanksgiving and could use a little extra help.
Each year co-owners Jim Atwood and Steve West make enough food to feed up to 600 people.
Most years donations make the community dinner possible.
"We had somebody come in today and donate the rest of the turkeys we need for our dinner, which absolutely blew me away," Atwood shared on Friday afternoon.
But they could still use more donations in other areas. Vegetables for the stuffing are still needed, as well as cranberries, apples and a few other items.
"I may not be able to build you a house or a paint you a picture, but I can feed you," Atwood said.
The community dinner is free to whoever wants to join them.
"It just breaks my heart that in this day and age, people are not able to have food every day. And it also reminds me how blessed I am," Atwood said.
The meal is served from 11am to 3pm on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Atwood said you'll see the hungry and homeless, as well as some people who don't have family to spend the holiday with.
He'll never forget one mother who brought her young children. "She said, 'I wasn't sure how I was going to feed my kids today'. Because she couldn't go to the soup kitchen because of her ex-husband was there, and there was a restraining order," Atwood said. "And the kids were like, 'this is all mine?' And I tell you what, it just breaks you down."
The community dinner got its start in 2007 as the country dealt with the recession. And while the need has changed since then, the thankfulness for the community's support remains the same.
"It just restores that there are people out there who are willing to step up and help," Atwood said.
If you would like to donate call 989-754-9660.