Local restaurant feeds thousands for Thanksgiving - KMOV.com

Local restaurant feeds thousands for Thanksgiving

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O'FALLON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The Brass Rail restaurant, located in O’Fallon, Missouri, is continuing their tradition of providing Thanksgiving dinner for whoever needs it this year.

Owner Scott Ellinger started this tradition five years ago when he served 89 people. The goal this year was for Ellinger and volunteers from the community was to provide dine-in, carry out, and home-delivered meals for about 6,000 people, but they reached their goal by noon and decided to keep feeding and delivering over 7,000 meals.

Ellinger has been cooking for days in advance to prepare for Thursday. On Thanksgiving, hundreds of volunteers helped make things run so smoothly.

"Just helping be apart of the assembly line," said Sherry Hall, a first-time volunteer.

People helped cook the food, others packed it into individual containers, then another group filled a bag with each food item to complete a full meal. Driving volunteers then delivered those bags to homes and families all over the area.

"People living in tents downtown, out to Silex, we've been to Washington, Missouri today, up to Spanish Lake a couple of times, we've been to Winfield and Troy, just pretty much all over the metro," said Ellinger. 

Ellinger credits the number of volunteers who showed and their efficiency working to reaching their 6,000 meal mark so early in the afternoon. For Susan Volger, this day was not only spent helping but also celebrating.

"When I heard about this I just felt like this was something I wanted to do, it was the way I wanted to spend my birthday, to do something good and help out other people," said Volger. 

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