HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - One downtown Hattiesburg restaurant opened its doors on Thanksgiving, to serve free holiday meals to anyone who dropped in. Brownstone's restaurant hosted its 3rd annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner for the community.
Owners, staff and volunteers served turkey, ham and other items to local residents, visitors and members of the armed forces.
The event also collected donations for Recover, Rebuild and Restore Southeast Mississippi, or R3SM, which is continuing to help low-income homeowners who were impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
"Especially now with the economy the way it is, it just feels really good to be able to offer something like this to the public," said Mitch Brown, co-owner of Brownstone's.
"It's really not (about) the money, although it certainly helps us advance the work that we do, but it's just the good feeling that we have, to be able to do something like this on Thanksgiving," said Sheila Varnado, executive director for R3SM.
The event was co-hosted by Big Star Grocery, the Bottling Company, Gold Post Sandwich Shop and Hattiesburg Coca-Cola.