Suffolk restaurants open to feed displaced, military

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Dozens of people in Suffolk could not make it home for Thanksgiving, but they are thankful for a community giving back.

A weekend fire at Suffolk Tower apartments left many residents without a place to call home.

Mosquito Joe’s partnered up with Kelly’s Tavern in downtown Thursday to host a Thanksgiving dinner.

“I’m glad somebody is looking out for us,” displaced resident Shirley Donaldson said.

Jennifer Pechanec-Myers, with Mosquito Joe’s, said once she heard about the residents being left temporarily homeless she immediately stepped in to help.

“It’s all about making it count,” Pechanec-Myers said. “There’s nothing we wouldn’t do to support those in need.”

Donaldson said having a warm meal meant a lot to her and her family.

“I always have Thanksgiving with my family so it’s very important,” Donaldson said.

Pechanec-Myers didn’t stop there though. She also planned the day to feed military men and women.

“This is basically a fill-in family for the holidays,” Pechanec-Myers said.

She said her goal was to honor service men and women by providing a home cooked Thanksgiving meal for free.

“I’m a little overwhelmed. I’m just thankful there are people willing to do this.” Larry Wright, a military veteran, said. “I’m a little choked up right now Just thinking about it.”

Pechanec-Myers says in her heart taking the time out of her day was the right thing to do for service members.

“It just warms your heart. This is something easy you know. Cooking is easy, but it means a lot to them,” Pechanec-Myers said.

Pechanec-Myers says she plans to serve about 140 people Thanksgiving Thursday.

She hopes to do it again next year.

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