Memphis restaurant preparing to hand out BBQ to people experiencing homelessness on Thanksgiving

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Westy’s is prepping for its 17th annual Thanksgiving Day dinner for the homeless and hungry.

On Wednesday night, the restaurant was filled with volunteers and members of Lindenwood Christian Church.

Operation BBQ Relief is providing the meat, while members of Lindenwood Christian church and volunteers are prepping and passing out meals.

“I said it would be a great opportunity to serve others as well as help yourself by doing something good for the community,” said volunteer Evelyne Malone.

This is the first time Evelyne Malone volunteered at Westy’s.

“It really feels great to see lots of people, lots of different backgrounds, all walks of life that are here,” said Malone.

Meanwhile, others like Richard Pesikey have volunteered with Lindenwood Christian Church for years.

“You’re feeding the homeless and people who don’t have any food. Right now there is an awful lot of people who are hurting and struggling because of COVID and the pandemic,” said volunteer Richard Pesikey.

Both are excited to come together to help people in need Thursday morning.

“That’s the best thing about the church we belong to, is the people and how funny they are and how they work together and how they get things done,” said Pesikey.

On Saturday, volunteers will be serving food from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

If you want to volunteer you can come set up at 5 a.m.