The cafe raised $1,957 to help buy toys for needy children in the Mammoth Spring/Oregon County area.
This was the fourth year for the event. The first year the cafe was open they held a similar benefit with the proceeds going to the Salvation Army.
The weeks before Thanksgiving, cafe patrons gathered food items by donation to prepare Thanksgiving dinner at the restaurant.
"Without all the help from our volunteers we would not have been a success," Miano said.
Miano said 120 meals were served at the business Thanksgiving Day. "The Wednesday before we had seven people help decorate. Ten volunteers helped prepare some of the meal the day before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Day 17 volunteers cooked, served and cleaned up the restaurant," she said.
Miano had crocheted an afghan that was given away by donation the day of the feast and Larry Goodwin was the winner of the blanket. He donated it back to the cafe and Miano turned it over to Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis to give to a needy family in the city.
Miano said the Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce donated $100 to the benefit and it was greatly appreciated.
"We were $400 shy of our goal this year but we were glad to be able to do as much as we did. With the Bobcats having such a successful year, a lot of people had to use the money they usually donate to go to the ball games. We are proud Bobcat supporters and we understand that," Miano said. She said any non-perishable food left over would be donated to the Oregon County Food Pantry.
The Out of the Way Cafe owners are already preparing for and looking forward to next year's event.
"We had a local fellow, Mike Roe who saw the news article earlier this month in the South Missourian News, donate a beautiful hand crafted guitar that has been made mostly from local wood. It will be given away, by donation at next year's dinner. We had another woman, Jan, from Kansas City, this was her second year to volunteer at our dinner, donate a hand crafted porcelain doll with handmade clothes that will also be given away next year," she said.
As usual the cafe owners seventh grade daughter helped with the event and brought a friend, J.D. Major, also a seventh grader at Mammoth Spring school.
"We had a whole lot of fun and even accomplished helping out those who need help in the community," Miano said.
Officials at the Thayer Police Department said Shop With A Cop will be held Dec. 15 at the Thayer Wal-Mart.
It is the sixth year Thayer Police officers, some members of Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, county officers, fire department members, Mammoth Spring officers, officers from the West Plains Police Department and local volunteers have shopped with the children.
"Last year we had about 100 children in need in the Oregon County/Mammoth Spring area. They were allowed to spend approximately $75 each," said Thayer dispatcher Brenda Todd.
Todd said the children are allowed to shop with the cops without their parents unless they are very small and a parent is needed.
She said any family in need may come by the Thayer Police Station and sign-up for the program.
"It is a very tiring day but we get to help some needy children," she said.