For the past 26 years, Eggbert's restaurant at 1724 W. Main has been serving a free community Thanksgiving dinner. Suzie Allen, manager, said, "Everything was back to normal after the water crisis of last year. We had kids Erin Ritter, Jackie Lafferty and Vincent Nacin from the Caney National Honor Society- volunteering their services for their community service hours." "When we were told by our teacher we could help with the free Thanksgiving dinner, we volunteered," said Erin Ritter. 

Every year Eggbert's prepares approximately 750 turkeys dinners, many of them donated,to delivered to homes in the community. More than 30  pies were all donated by either individuals or businesses and another 106 pies were donated by the Pleas Temple Church of God in Christ. Along with the pie donations, several monetary donations were made which went directly to the local Kansas Foodbank. "These funds stay in the community to help with our local needs," said Richard Bockover, Kansas Foodbank representative. 

According the Allen, this tradition of serving free Thanksgiving dinners to the community began after the passing of Allen's mother. "When my mother left us, my sisters and I wanted to continue to have our Thanksgiving together and the restaurant was the most logical place to have it and that is how the idea of a community Thanksgiving dinner came about," said Allen.

The idea started with 40 turkeys to what it is now serving the more than 700 dinners around town. "I don't believe it would be Thanksgiving for us without the dinner," said Allen. The tradition is so popular that many longtime patrons come from as far as Colorado to help with the dinner. "We have so many people that want to be a part of this. It's special to them as much as to us," Allen stated.

This project doesn't happen in one day, the restaurant actually begins cooking the Sunday before and finishes the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving. 

Every year Allen reflects on how thankful she is for the support from the community and all the volunteers that make this project on going. "We could not have done it without them," Allen concluded.