Westy's Restaurant, in the Pinch District downtown, and 25 volunteers were getting it done Christmas morning to make sure that those in need didn't wind up without.
"Well I have lost count, but I think it's we feed everybody that wants to eat and every Thanksgiving and every Christmas," said Jake Schorr, restaurant owner. "Makes no difference if they want something, we will give them a meal here, and give them a second meal to go."
Westy's and volunteers from Lindenwood Christian Church and the Memphis Bar-B-Q Network started preparing for this meal on Christmas Eve. Their goal was to feed as many as 1,200 of the needy by 9 a.m. Christmas morning.
"I think it's part of what all of us need to do, is give back to the community, I do okay, but we ought to share. So many people need something," Schorr said.
Eric Sibley is homeless, lives in a shelter, and appreciated the meal.
"A hot meal, to fellowship with people who may be homeless as well to celebrate Jesus birthday," Sibley said. "It's just wonderful to celebrate Jesus' birthday. It's just a wonderful thing."
Westy's is not just taking care of those that could make it to the eatery, they were also delivering meals to those in need who called in.
"They say 'Mr. Jake, will you bring me a plate?' Yes, the answer is always yes," Schorr said. "More people ought to do this. I challenge another restaurant somewhere to do this in Midtown or wherever."