GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two Greensboro restaurants stayed open Christmas Day to serve meals to those less fortunate.
Bender’s Tavern served Christmas meals from 10:30-2. People were shuttled in from Greensboro Urban Ministry and the Greensboro Interactive Resource Center. Dozens of volunteers came together to cook, serve and deliver meals.
Bender’s Tavern owner, Anna Freiburg, said more than 3,000 people received meals this Christmas.
“We're talking about people who are homeless and less fortunate," Freiburg said. "Not everyone is always nice to them, so they're grateful. It's fun. They're appreciative and that's what this is all about.”
Brooklyn Pizzeria in Greensboro had the same idea. They offered free Christmas meals for those in need and those on duty.
“We're grateful to still be here. It's hard for local, small businesses to operate nowadays. So we figured the least we can do is do what we do best -- make good quality food and try to feed people even if it's just for a day,” Dennis Studer said.
Even so, that generosity at both restaurants made it a day to remember.
“They did a lot of good helping here. A lot of people don't have too much to eat, so they did a good job,” said Michelle Lee, received a free meal at Bender’s Tavern.