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Coffee Talk to have community Thanksgiving feast

People gather for a Saturday night concert at Coffee Talk, 724 Main St., which will have a community Thanksgiving dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

People gather for a Saturday night concert at Coffee Talk, 724 Main St., which will have a community Thanksgiving dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

November 20, 2008

Coffee Talk owner David Alvarez knows what it’s like to not have enough money to go home and celebrate Thanksgiving. The unpleasant memories were part of what inspired him to have a community Thanksgiving dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coffee Talk, 724 Main St.

About 30 years ago, Alvarez moved from Eudora to Pittsburg after graduating high school. He lived there for about six years and in some cases he was unable to make it home to Eudora for the holidays.

The meal will feature all of the usual dishes served at Thanksgiving — turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.

“The main thing is we want to make people feel comfortable and then they can enjoy themselves — we don’t want them to feel like it’s a handout,” Alvarez said. “It’s a way to come together and make some new friends.”

There also will be a donation box for the Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry.

Like any good host, Alvarez began to worry about how much food would be needed to feed an unknown amount of guests.

“I know that Cutter’s does a Christmas dinner, and they said they’ve had about 150 people,” he said. “I don’t know if I can handle that many people.”

But as the event has been talked about at the bar in Coffee Talk, patrons also began to donate food, time and money.

“You know, there’s enough bad things going on right now and maybe this is something that is going to make one day for somebody and it can be one meal they don’t have to worry about,” Alvarez said.

For more information on the event or to donate, call David and DeeAnn at Coffee Talk on Tuesday through Saturday at 690-7711.

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