HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A downtown Hattiesburg restaurant has continued its recent Thanksgiving tradition of feeding anyone who walked through its doors for free. Brownstone's, along with Big Star and Hattiesburg Coca-Cola, served up hundreds of free lunches at a 4th annual holiday event.
The meals featured turkey, ham, dressing and vegetables, prepared by restaurant staff and served by volunteers.
"We really wanted to do something on Thanksgiving day for people who need a good, hot meal and we just thought it would be something good to do for the community and give back," said Mitch Brown, owner of Brownstone's.
"I think it's a lovely thing, especially for someone if they don't have family members and they're here, to help them," said Manay Haynes of Hattiesburg, one of the people who stopped by for lunch.
"Charity starts at home in Hattiesburg...before we can spread the good news to everywhere else, we've got to start in our own community and they're doing an excellent job and I appreciate it," said Virginia Smith, who also ate lunch at the restaurant.
Also at the event, donations were taken at the door for the R3SM (Restore, Rebuild, Recover South Mississippi) organization, which helps local families who've suffered property damage after natural disasters.