What’s Good in the Neighborhood: Local restaurant serves up fellowship for Christmas

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Annie’s Cafe in Enterprise is gearing up for its latest outreach event, a community Christmas meal at First Baptist Church in Enterprise.

The restaurant will soon be providing meals to anyone in need of food and fellowship, no matter where they are.

“This is our fourth year that we have done a community Christmas meal,” said Matt Larson, co-owner of Annie’s Cafe. “On Christmas morning, we deliver a lot of meals to a lot of seniors, a lot of people in need, a lot of the first responders and a lot of soldiers that are here home for Christmas.”

The restaurant plans to give out up to around 2000 meals. Since the task can be daunting in terms of work and cost, Larson said they have received some help from other people in the community like the Coffee County Republican women, who helped hold a bake sale, as well as Sam Boswell Honda in Enterprise.

“Some of their salespeople and some of their owners are going to be bringing vehicles over, and they’re going to be out delivering meals,” Larson said.

The folks at Annie’s gone out to serve the community several times before, even helping out people in the Panhandle after Hurricane Michael. In fact, they’re even headed back there this weekend to give out meals early.

According to Larson, these dinners are not just for charity. They’re a way for people all across town to come together as a community.

“When we were growing up, the holidays were such a big deal,” Larson said. “Now, everybody’s such in a rush, and it’s just like ‘Okay, we gotta get Christmas. We gotta get presents, we gotta get this meal. We gotta get it out of the way and move on.’ We want it to be more of a celebration.

So if you’re looking for some food and friends to spend time with from around 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Larson said you “are more than welcome to have a free meal Christmas day at First Baptist Enterprise.”

Note: Anyone interested in helping out Annie’s with their event can contact Larson through the Annie’s Cafe Facebook page.

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