A grassroots effort to feed those who might not otherwise get a Thanksgiving meal has grown into a pretty big deal down in Olive Branch.
In fact, the little Bar-B-Que-Pit restaurant is planning to feed 800.
You never know when idle conversation will lead to something. Case in point: a conversation between FOX13 News and Tom Lochamy, owner of the Bar-B-Que-Pit.
"Honestly, Tom Dees, me and him were talking about it last May," he said. "We were talking about feeding the veterans on the Fourth of July. It snuck up on us then we talked about doing Thanksgiving, and here it is."
Forty smoked turkeys are being prepared for the big Thanksgiving Day dinner to be given away to 800 who will be eating instead of wanting to eat on Thanksgiving because a couple of people started talking, and then the talk spread.
"I got with Rodney McGuin with Italia East that just opened where the Catfish Place used to be," Lochamy said. "They are baking the rolls and all that. We just decided to get together and got with bunch of people and out and raised three-quarters of all the money we needed."
The folks at the Bar-B-Que-Pit put in the rest and smoked all the turkeys. The owners daughters and a couple of their friends got up early and helped pull smoked turkey; just a lot of regular folks doing something good for some other regular folks who could sure use a Thanksgiving meal.
"We're having turkey and dressing, candy yams, green beans, turnip greens, homemade rolls that's going to fill them up," Lochamy said.
There is a shortage in the desert department, though. If you make any kind of desert like chocolate chip cookies or banana pudding, contact The Bar-B-Que-Pit if you can help out.
"The Food Pantry picks up 200 plates tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., will hand-deliver them to the people," Lochamy said. "The Christian Coalition picks up 150. Horn Lake Fire Department picks up 50. Several churches around here are taking them out plus it's for people. When I arrived here 20 years ago. I was by myself. If you're alone Thanksgiving, come eat."
Simple as that. If you're alone on Thanksgiving, come eat. Come eat some great food that came from the kind of people that make you proud to call neighbor.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving.