CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- While most of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving with our loved ones, some do not have that luxury. This Thanksgiving, those in need got to have a home cooked meal thanks to The Point Pub and Grill. This is the second time the restaurant has hosted a Thanksgiving Feed for those in need.
Greg Brannon lives in his car. He came to The Point Pub and Grill for their free Thanksgiving dinner with a few of his friends. Brannon's favorite part of this meal isn't even the food. It's the experience.
"Just being able to come in here, feel normal, you know be able to sit at a table. You know it's like a normalcy. Like what my friends said they haven’t sat and ordered coffee in a restaurant for a long time so I guess it's that normalcy, you know? Just to feel normal," Brannon said.
With 35 turkeys and countless pounds of thanksgiving sides, the point pub and grill hopes hundreds of people stop by to have that normal restaurant experience.
"It’s that giving back. It’s that community partner. It's just helping out the less fortunate," said one of the owners, Tyler Hoevet.
The Point Pub and Grill fed more than 120 people in need for free last Thanksgiving and this year the restaurant is making sure it can feed way more people. Last year, the owners said they prepared for hundreds of people and only 50 came by the restaurant. One of the owners David Lewis thinks that's because some didn't have a way to get to there. This year the point is stepping it up a notch.
"This year we've toned it down a little bit but also did the shuttle this year hoping to increase the amount of people that we can get over there for Thanksgiving dinner," said Lewis.
The shuttle took people from the point's Medford location to their Central Point restaurant and people in need jumped on the opportunity.
"It makes us feel good! I think it makes us all feel good. It's just one of those heartwarming feel good moments where you know that you're doing a positive thing," Lewis added.
The community is thankful for all of the restaurants and businesses who spent their Thanksgiving with the less fortunate.
"Southern Oregon has a lot of heart. Bottom line is there's some really, really great people out here and throughout this community that really try their best to reach out to the homeless community and do what they can. And we really appreciate it," said Brannon.
The Point Pub and Grill plans to feed those in need every Thanksgiving and hopes other restaurants and businesses will do the same.