Legends joins fight against hunger
A Thomasville restaurant is joining the effort to feed Chair City citizens in need of food.
Legends Family Restaurant, 807 Julian Ave., teamed up with Second Harvest Food Bank to collect nonperishable items as the holiday season approaches. With local food banks running precariously low on supplies, employees at the two-year old restaurant hope the community will help support a growing need for donations.
"To us, this was a natural extension," said Legends co-manager Kay Angel. "Part of the restaurant business is feeding hungry people. We just wanted to do what we could to help people."
Angel once worked in manufacturing and is very familiar with the plight of others who have lost their job due to the economic downturn. Legends initiated the food drive several weeks ago and decided to extend it when only one of two boxes set up inside the restaurant neared capacity.
"While we've had some pretty decent participation I just want to get the word out more that we're doing this," Angel said. "We want to keep it going through the holidays."
With extended unemployment benefits expiring, Angel said she knows too many people who have either lost a home or a vehicle because they are unable to find steady work. Legends offers a promotion to spur donations. On Tuesdays, customers who bring in five or more nonperishable items receive a free dessert.
"I was a single mom, I know what that struggle is like," said Angel. "It's hard to ask for some people to ask for help."
Legends co-owner Tara Kennedy hopes people will fill up both collection boxes so more can brought in.
"That would be great," Kennedy said. "We're just trying to help other families in need during the season. We want to help others and give back."
In addition to the food drive, Legends is partnering with Fairgrove Family Resource Center and its Gifts from the Heart campaign. Angel said a tree will be placed inside the restaurant with ornaments featuring an item on a child's wish list. Customers can select an ornament and purchase the item for a local child.
"We want to help feed people who can't afford it and help kids who may not otherwise have a Christmas," said Angel. "I don't like the idea of children going without on Christmas. It's kind of sad to me."
For more information, call Legends at 475-5011.
Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.