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It’s the time of year when most of our family traditions include filling our plates with all the turkey and dressing we can eat, and then sitting down to watch a football game before dozing off to sleep, and then eating left overs.

Since 2010, a different family tradition of serving others has been a part of Thanksgiving in Hawkins and Winnsboro at the Richie’s Grill & Café locations in each city.

Residents enjoy a “free meal” on Thanksgiving day, provided by donations ad cooked by Richie’s staff. Volunteers can help serve others and monetary donations go to help local charities. It’s something for which Richie’s has become well-known.

This year, there are three Richie’s locations hosting Thanksgiving day benefits. The funds from Hawkins and Winnsboro will be combined to benefit the Gideon’s Restoration Camp, a faith-based men’s help center that helps equip young men to be leaders of tomorrow. The group is seeking funds to build resident housing on seven acres of donated land just outside Winnsboro.

The funds from Richie’s By the Sea, the families new location in Grand Saline, will go to 11-year-old Eduardo Chavez of Grand Saline who is currently fighting Leukemia. Over the past year, Eduardo’s family has had to make multiple trips to the Children’s Hospital in Dallas.

On November 10, Eduardo had a cardiac arrest and is now in an induced coma, with a decrease functioning in his intestines and lungs. The family has three school-aged children, which means his parents must rotate their stay with Eduardo.

“Along with the emotional and physical hardship, it also causes financial stress,” said Owner Ricky Perez. “Although we cannot take away the pain and stress of what this family is going through, we are able to help with the financial burden.”

Thanksgiving meals are served from 11am – 2pm, at each location on Thanksgiving Day, Nov, 23, 2017. If you would like to help support these causes, you may leave a donation at one of the locations, or on the table Thanksgiving day.