Georgie's: a real Cottonwood Thanksgiving tradition
COTTONWOOD -- Peggy Reed and her 25-member staff at Georgie's Restaurant go all out on Thanksgiving.
Last year, they prepared 1750 to 1800 free meals for folks in the Cottonwood area, some of them needy, but most who don't cook for themselves or who wanted to be in the company of others on the feast day.
It has become a tradition stretching 21 years.
Peggy explains that she formerly lived and worked in Las Cruces, New Mexico, home of the White Sands test facility, Virgin Airlines and Spaceport America and the New Mexico State University. But on Thanksgiving, students had nowhere to go. So she began offering her traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
"We serve turkey, ham, stuffing, real mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, yams, peas and carrots and pumpkin pie for dessert. Please join us, God's blessings to all."
"Many, many thanks go out to all that have donated to make our free Thanksgiving possible." Georgie's sells See's candy all year to raise money to support the free holiday feast.
"We are open to everyone, not only those in need of a meal, but those of you who want to share in the love that flows on this day of thanks and giving."
"We will be serving full table service inside or take-out orders at the back doors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sorry, but we can't take reservations and will try to seat everyone promptly. Nobody gets to eat alone. Every seat will be filled."
"All of us at Georgie's Café would like to wish everyone, the most blessed, safe and happiest of holidays."
"We have lost many loved one that we will keep in our thoughts and prayers, our condolences go out to you. Our customers are loved like family."
Georgie's Café, located at 517 N. 12th St., just off Main in Cottonwood. Call 639-0731 for more information.