‘Hold your hope’: Skyland to give free Thanksgiving meals for 15th year

‘Hold your hope’: Skyland to give free Thanksgiving meals for 15th year

CHARLOTTE — Skyland Family Restaurant owner Jimmy Kakavitsas has been giving food away on Thanksgiving for 15 years for free.

He said the need will likely be greater this year because of COVID-19.

“It’s a good way to show the people you love them,” Kakavitsas said. “You care for them.”

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People will likely start lining up early on Thanksgiving morning at the restaurant on South Boulevard.

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The restaurant is prepared to serve 3,000 meals.

Kakavitsas believes that better, brighter days are ahead, and everyone must work together to get there.

“The sun going to rise again, and the good day will come. Hold your hope,” Kakavitsas said.

The meals at Skyland are available to anyone. The restaurant will hand out the takeout boxes from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

The Charlotte Rescue Mission and Roof Above are not having their traditional sit-down meals for those in need.

Instead, they’re giving away takeout boxes of food to follow the state’s gathering limits.