As Thanksgiving Day approaches, Sweetwaters is preparing for the community’s most celebrated dinner. “Our Thanksgiving Day gathering has become a cherished tradition for many volunteers and guests. We are proud to be celebrating our 22nd year welcoming guests in for Thanksgiving dinner, great conversation, and good laughs.” states Sweetwater’s owner David Melincoff.
For the past two plus decades, Sweetwaters has opened its doors to anyone who would like to join the community for dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Service begins at 10 am.
Many guests are financially in need, some are students who can’t get home for the holidays, and others have recently lost family members or friends. A common purpose amongst everyone, including volunteers, is the feeling of togetherness and community.
Over 100 volunteers serve, cook, and clean throughout the day. Many of them have been volunteering for years and now do so with their kids and other family members. Others have joined Sweetwaters in the past for dinner and want to give back.
Thanksgiving Day starts off with a coat giveaway. Those in need are invited to come to our restaurant to receive a donation, starting at 9 am. Typically, a line forms at 8 am, ending by around 11 am with over 1,000 men’s, women’s, and children’s coats being given away. The success of this portion of the holiday event is due in large part to support from the Windjammer/Best Western Group.
Want to help?
Please drop off clean winter coats at the Windjammer restaurant or the Best Western Hotel, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, up to Monday, Nov. 25. Coats can also be dropped off directly at Sweetwaters from Monday, Nov. 25, to Wednesday, Nov. 27. Please try to avoid drop-offs during the middle of the lunch and dinner meal periods.
Food donations: Baked goods such as pies, cookies, and cakes are always welcome. Starting the Tuesday before Thanksgiving right up until Thanksgiving morning, Sweetwaters be accepting baked food donations. No need to call, just stop by the restaurant.