On Christmas Day, employees of Huey’s Restaurants volunteered their afternoon to spend time helping the homeless in Downtown Memphis.
For the third year in a row, a group of employees organized a lunchtime feast at Huey’s Downtown (77 S. Second St.) to feed the homeless, a population that doesn’t always get a hot, home-cooked meal on a holiday. From 10:00am-2:00pm, Huey’s volunteers served up a hot meal consisting of turkey, homemade dressing, green beans, sweet potatoes, giblet gravy, and cranberry sauce. Water, sodas, tea, and hot coffee were also served. Nobody left hungry. There was a steady flow of guests during this time, and overall approximately 200 people were fed.
In addition to a hot meal, many guests also received clothing and coats on their way out, thanks to an internal drive hosted by employees at Huey’s Downtown.
Mike Garrity (General Manager, Huey’s Southwind) and his wife Bobbye, Terry Gant (Kitchen Manager, Huey’s Midtown), and Prentiss Jones (Floating Kitchen Manager) head up this event every year through organizing the logistics, cooking all the food, recruiting volunteers, and much more.
In addition to the dynamic trio, many other Huey’s volunteers from various locations donated their time to help serve food and beverages, pass out coats, visit and talk with guests, transport guests to and from Huey’s, and walk the streets to inform guests of the opportunity to dine and celebrate the holiday. These volunteers included Wight and Chuck Laminack, Dean family, JP Graham-Townsend, Brian Moore, Kathy Neil, David Garrity, Wes Bates, Nikki Graham and children, Hani Abraham, Ashley Griffin, and many more.