by Lisa Tome
About three weeks ago, Dana Tipton decided to put together a Thanksgiving feast for as many as 100 of his heroes.
Tipton, owner of Holy Cow Catering, a Perryville-based business, decided to serve a free meal on Thursday because he's thankful for those who have served our country.
He then asked those at Perryville American Legion Post 135 if they would host veterans and allow him to serve the meal. Tipton is a member of the post and decided he wants to give back with a free meal. The food - turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, green bean casserole, and desserts, will be served buffet style from 2-5 p.m.
"I'm planning and hoping for 100 people. If it runs smooth, I'd like to do it annually," said Tipton.
Tipton and Post 135 aren't the only volunteers feeding people in Perryville on Thursday.
Hope Place, the soup kitchen at Perryville United Methodist Church, is serving up a meal on Thanksgiving day from noon until 2:30 p.m. All are welcome to the feast which is a partnership between Hopewell and Asbury churches.
The event has been held annually for many years according to Perryville UMC Pastor Ray Graham. He said that Crothers Insurance and Craigtown Auto are the business partners for the event. Other cash donations come from the congregation members.
Tipton said he is aware that his event is being held the same day as the traditional soup kitchen meal.
"This gives a larger window for people. If you can't make it to one (meal), maybe you can make it to the other. Or both," laughed Tipton.