Restaurant will serve free meal on Thanksgiving

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On Thursday, as some of us dig into a big turkey dinner, hundreds of people in the community will not be able to afford such a feast.

Others may not have any friends or family in the area to celebrate with.

A Galax restaurant is stepping up to make sure everyone, regardless of their situation, can have a Thanksgiving meal this week.

Crawdaddy's Cajun Cafe, on Washington Street in Galax, will open its doors to anyone on Thursday for a free meal.

Chaz Cecil, owner and chef at Crawdaddy's, is a Fries native who trained extensively as a chef in New Orleans.

He said his wife, their families and friends realize the local economy is bad, and “there is very little anyone can do — but, we want to do what we can.”

Cecil said the restaurant family wants to make this Thanksgiving a day for giving thanks to God, and all the blessings of life. “None of us are without struggle, and none of us are without worry,” he said. “It is our hope that, for this day, we can forget all that we are without and be thankful for all that we have.”

The free dinner is for anyone, Cecil said, regardless of their circumstances. “If you have money to donate, you can. If you do not have money to spare, you are not only welcome, you are encouraged to be here. If you have no family or friends to share this day, share it with us.”

For those who can't get to Crawdaddy's on Thursday, Cecil said the restaurant will deliver. “We will do our best to make sure you get food and friends someway, somehow!”

Businesses or individuals who want to help out should call the restaurant at 236-5127, extension 269. Cecil said he especially needs donations of food, workers, cookers, servers and volunteers to clean up.

“We will appreciate all the help we can get, as we expect a very large turn-out. I am sure we can get you a tax break, if that helps.”

• The Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Crawdaddy's Cajun Café & Music City, 110 Washington St., in downtown Galax. For information, call 236-5127, extension 269.