Woonsocket restaurant opens to those in need for Thanksgiving

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — The line was out the door at Missy’s Restaurant on this Thanksgiving for what’s become a tradition of giving.

“There’s a lot of people out there that don’t have anything and are hungry and starving and they need to eat just as well as everybody else does,” said owner Judy Beauchemin.

It’s the 13th year the restaurant has closed its doors to paying customers, and opened them to those with nowhere to go on Thanksgiving.

“It’s open to everybody, yes. Whether you have a million or a dollar,” said Beauchemin.

“This is a good place to come. They do this every year, and I thank God that they do this,” said Anna Brahier of Woonsocket.

A team of volunteers cooked up more than 500 meals–everything from turkey to stuffing, squash to apple pie. The food–all donated. 

“I do like serving the public, and giving to people that are in need,” said volunteer Jamie Pare.

“Making sure we have everything ready, is the biggest part. Trying to make sure that we feed as many people as we possibly can as well,” said manager Tabitha Westerhuis.

For those who can’t make it in, Missy’s delivers Thanksgiving meals as far away as Providence. 

The holiday generosity is not lost on those who come here. 

“You’ll go home with a full belly, happy and a smile on your face knowing that people care,” said Eric Davis of Woonsocket.

“I’m happy. Happy,” said Beauchemin. “There are so many feelings that come through me. It makes me cry.”

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