Sweetwaters brings community together for Thanksgiving

By Alex Rose | arose@nexstar.tv

Published 11/25 2015 10:59PM

Updated 11/25 2015 10:59PM

Nothing beats a cold day in Vermont, like a hot meal. And for the biggest meal of the year, one local business is saying "the bill is on us," for the entire Burlington community.

Sweetwaters on Church Street will be treating folks to turkey all day Thursday. It's the 26th year for the charitable tradition. The dinner runs from 10 am to 5 pm.

"Over the years it's really developed into a community dinner," said Owner David Melincoff.

Melincoff says he's got a team of volunteers ready to wait tables, and deliver food to everybody, but especially the less fortunate.

"The only time they've gotten a chance to sit down at a restaurant and eat, and get waited on is, they tell me you know it's here on Thanksgiving day," Melincoff said.

They've also got hundreds of jackets for a coat drive that runs from 8 am to 10 am Thursday morning.

"It's great to give back to those who are needy, I think every business should do the same," said local business owner Ashley Laflam.

Volunteers will even go door to door, delivering Thanksgiving meals to people who can't leave their homes.

"Last year I guess they served about 900 people, and I think that's pretty amazing amount of work to do for the local community," said Briant Gaudet, visiting Burlington for the weekend.

And local businesses like Misty Knolls Turkey Farm are contributing. They donated 48 organic birds for the cause.

Melincoff says it's not just about the need for food, but mutual respect in this community.

"When you look around the restaurant, everyone's equal," Melincoff said.

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