MAMMOTH SPRING -- A local business is trying to help law enforcement help needy children in the area.
For the sixth consecutive year owners of the Out of the Way Cafe in Mammoth Spring. Tina Miano and Mike Geisenberger, will be closing their doors Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, to hold a fundraiser for the local Shop With a Cop program.
In years past as many as 150 to 200 people have taken part in the fundraiser.
"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 place after the meal," Miano said.
Donations for the meal are now being accepted at the restaurant located on Main Street in Mammoth Spring.
Miano said she is kind of worried about this year's dinner due to the economy. "We need large quantities of everything from turkeys to garlic salt," she said.
The fundraiser is off to a good start already. Mike Roe made a guitar and donations were sought toward selling the guitar. "We raised $250 to go toward the meal. We are asking people to bring in all canned or fresh items or money to help purchase items for the meal," Miano said.
The meal will cost $6 and will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will be a traditional Thanksgiving meal, with all proceeds going to the Shop With a Cop program.
The cafe can seat 35 people comfortably.
Some local groups and organizations have already started helping with the fundraiser. The Mammoth Spring 4-H Club is holding a canned food drive and the fourth through sixth grades from the Mammoth Spring First Baptist Church will be helping with the fundraiser.
Because of a struggling economy, the cafe owners are not setting a goal this year. "The first year we had the fundraiser we raised $1,049 and $1,326 the second year. Last year we ended up making $2,300 for the Shop With a Cop program.
"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.
For more information call the cafe at 870-625-1234.