Organizers of a charitable Thanksgiving dinner in Highland Township are looking for hungry mouths to feed this holiday, as well as people to help present a home-cooked meal.
Frank Lynn, owner of The Flower Factory in Highland, said there is still room at the table for the free dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Skybox Sports Grill, located at 2825 E. Highland Road.
“We need more people to come and eat, and to volunteer,” Lynn said.
According to Lynn, this will be the first year for the dinner, but he hopes to make it an annual tradition to help those in need in the community.
“I just felt I needed to do something for the community,” he said. “I picked up on it on my own and then started speaking with some of the businesses.”
Lynn said his flower shop participated in collecting backpacks and other items to help families and school children in the community. The work then led him to seek out more ways to help people.
Looking for a place to hold the dinner, Lynn said he learned the Skybox Sports Grill is typically closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. After getting the green light to hold the dinner there, he said everything else started falling into place.
Along with the Skybox, Tenuta’s Food Lane, The White Lake Supermarket, Huron Valley State Bank, ABC Printing, The Greater Highland Compassion Club, and Pet Suppliers have joined in the effort.
The result will be dinner for about 250 people, complete with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.
“This event couldn’t take place without a community of volunteers,” Lynn said. “Thanks so much to the Skybox Sports Grill for opening their establishment to help make this Thanksgiving feast possible, and for donating the time of one of their top cooks to manage the preparations for this busy day.”
To join the dinner or volunteer to help with the event, contact Lynn at The Flower Factory by calling 248-714-9292.