Out of the Way Cafe owners Mike Geisenberger and Tina Miano display the afghan made by Miano that will be sold as a fundraiser for the local Shop With a Cop program. They are also accepting food and cash donations to prepare Thanksgiving dinner at the restaurant located on Main Street in Mammoth Spring. All proceeds from the meal, which costs $6, will go to the Shop With a Cop program.
MAMMOTH SPRING -- For the fourth consecutive year the owners of the Out of the Way Cafe in Mammoth Spring, Tina Miano and Mike Geisenberger, will be closing their doors Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, to hold a fundraiser for the local Shop With a Cop program.
"Every year our family of customers have donated all the food for the Thanksgiving dinner. They will also help prepare the meal, serve the food and clean up the restaurant that day," Miano said.
She said donations are already being accepted. "It takes a lot of food to feed 150 to 200 people. We need large quantities of everything from yams to brown sugar," Miano said.
She said there is plenty of room in the restaurant and both rooms will be open for the fundraiser. She said the restaurant can seat up to 70 people comfortably.
The dinner will be served from 11 a.m. until the food is gone. The menu will be a traditional Thanksgiving meal complete with turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, corn, cranberry sauce, greenbean casserole, a dinner roll, coffee or ice tea and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
The cost of the dinner is $6. Miano said 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Shop With a Cop.
Miano said the first year the event raised $1,049 and $1,326 the second year. "Last year we set a goal of raising $1,700 for The Shop With a Cop program. We ended up raising $2,300. Our goal this year is $3,000," she said
She said last year she had 13 volunteers serving Thanksgiving Day and the year before that, 18 people volunteered.
Miano said the idea for the fundraising project was inspired by their daughter, Shira, who is now 12, several years ago.
"The first year we opened the cafe, five years ago, Shira came to me with a Christmas list that included a go cart and a Barbie doll house. I gave her $25 and we went shopping for what she wanted, the most she could buy for $25," Miano said.
After they bought the gift, Shira wrapped it and put it under the tree at the store.
"She donated that gift that Christmas to children that would not be getting anything and learned a good lesson. Now she comes and works and volunteers at the restaurant Thanksgiving Day," Miano said.
Miano said Shira was able to give a good gift to some little girl and learned something at the same time. She said last year three other youngsters in the area donated their time and energy at the restaurant Thanksgiving Day.
She said donations are being taken for the meal, both food and cash donations.
"If you don't have anywhere to eat that day or you just don't want to cook, come and eat with us. You can have a good meal and help a needy child at the same time," she said.
Another fund raiser planned at the cafe to benefit The Shop With A Cop program is the sale of a homemade afghan. It is black, white and gold and was made by Miano. Tickets are being sold for $1 each, six for $5 or 20 for $25. She said all proceeds will go to The Shop With A Cop program.