HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg restaurant treated hundreds of residents to a free Thanksgiving feast Thursday. The folks at Brownstone's Restaurant hosted a 5th annual holiday lunch for anyone who walked through the door.
They served turkey, dressing and cranberries, along with non-traditional Thanksgiving items such as shrimp and macaroni and cheese.
Dozens of volunteers helped serve the meals.
"It's our way of giving back," said Ken Brown, co-owner of Brownstone's. "We are so blessed as a family and as a community and the way the downtown is growing. It just feels good to to everyone, including the staff, who volunteer many, many hours," he said.
"I think they're doing a great job," said Jeanette Virgil, one of the Hattiesburg residents who enjoyed the meal. "They're helping the people that are unfortunate, that might not be able to eat anything, so that's a blessing," she said.
"I think it's awesome, it's a blessing to have everybody come together for Thanksgiving, people who don't know each other and just meeting new people, it's very great," said Gloria Lenard, another Hattiesburg resident who ate at the restaurant.
The event also raised money for Hattiesburg's R3SM (Recover, Rebuild, Restore Southeast Mississippi) organization, which provides recovery services to local victims of disasters.