Denison restaurant provides free Thanksgiving meals for the community

DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - A Denison restaurant has been giving the community something to be thankful for, for over a decade.

"If it wasn't for Nick's putting on this Thanksgiving dinner every year, we wouldn't have a Thanksgiving," Denison resident Deborah Green said.

Green said eating a free meal at Nick's Family Restaurant has become a yearly tradition.

She said she's grateful for a full stomach this Thanksgiving.

"I'm just thankful that we're getting to eat Thanksgiving food today," Green said.

Laurie Smith has worked at Nick's for ten years.

Smith said this is the sixteenth year for the free Thanksgiving meal.

"Everybody needs to be somewhere on the holiday and we're happy to be here to help," Smith said.

Smith said their goal is to feed over 1,000 people for Thanksgiving, and their doors are open to anyone.

Smith said it's more than the free food.

"I hope they feel like we're all family, because we all are," Smith said.

Gene Sumrall and his wife are regular customers at Nick's.

Sumrall said it's the people working there that keep them coming back.

"It shows their love of mankind in general for doing something like this," Sumrall said.

Smith said they're serving up the classics including ham, turkey, potatoes, and stuffing.

But they're also giving people a place to spend the holiday.

"There's a lot of people that don't have anywhere to go, and we're happy to make sure they get something to eat," Smith said.

Thanksgiving isn't the only time they provide for the community, and Nick's has been known to donate food year round.

"We appreciate the fact that we do this for the community," Sumrall said.

Smith said they plan to do free meals again for Christmas this year.