BOONVILLE- Another Thanksgiving is in the books and officials from Luigi’s Pizzeria say they had another successful dinner and gathering this year.
An initiative which began nine-years ago, this idea of a free Thanksgiving Day dinner was created to reach out to those around the community who may not have any close family or friends to spend the holiday with.
“This year, we gave out 645 dinners, which is 16 less than where we were last year. We delivered over 400 of them,” owner Pat Lindsay said. “We had a lot of people come in and we are not disappointed. You know, we do everything we can and we’re absolutely never going to say no to anybody. That’s our mission.”
Lindsay added how this annual dinner has become more of a community event, with several businesses and residents making contributions, helping make the dinner possible. When it comes to making over 600 dinners, the Luigi’s gang has a lot of prep work that always begins at least a week before Thanksgiving.
Known for delivering anywhere, Luigi’s keeps that promise for their Thanksgiving dinner, sending volunteer drivers out to bring meals to those who otherwise could not make it to town.
With more and more people joining each year, Lindsay says he hopes that the staff can keep up and continue the gift of thankfulness for years to come. “How many can we actually do? We’ll keep doing it and next year, we’re going to do it again,” he said.
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