The Q To Deliver Dinners To Families Across City

Justin Lindell, owner of The Q Sports Bar and Nightclub, and his band of volunteers gathered at The Q Tuesday night to pack up Thanksgiving meals. More than 120 ready-to-make Thanksgiving dinners with all the fixings will be delivered to the homes of families in need today. P-J photo by Katrina Fuller

A large group of volunteers gathered with busy hands and merry hearts to pack bags full of Thanksgiving makings at The Q on Tuesday night.

Each bag will feed a family for Thanksgiving, and will be delivered to each home today. Justin Lindell, owner of The Q, said he was glad to give back to his community. He’s calling the giveaway the “Giving Thanks By Giving Back Holiday Meal Drive.”

“This year, we’re at over 120 full meals for families,” Lindell said.

The volunteers unloaded a trailer stuffed with flats of green beans, stuffing and other goods in the remnants of the snow. Lindell said in the past, he has funded the Thanksgiving dinner giveaway, but the community has stepped in to help in a big way.

“Last year and this year, the community has reached out to help fund it,” he said. “We’ve gotten all kinds of donations this year. Now, I’m just kind of the driving force behind it.”

The crew will return today to deliver the Thanksgiving meals from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Lindell said those who are delivering don’t typically leave The Q until around 11 a.m.

The Q will also be serving Thanksgiving dinner to anyone who wishes to come, he added. The crew will be there from  11 a.m to 7 p.m..

Previously, Lindell thought he began his Thanksgiving initiatives five years ago, however has since calculated that the program is now in its eighth year.

“It was a lot smaller to start with,” he said. “I started it because I didn’t have my kids with me that year, so I figured I might as well serve some food I had bought and see how it went. I served seven people that year.”

Ever since then, the event has grown with each year into the communitywide event it has become, Lindell said. He said he wanted to give back to those who didn’t have family to gather with, who couldn’t afford the meal and those in need.

“I guess I just wanted to give back to people who were kind of like I was that first year,” he said.

If others are interested in helping, Lindell said they will hold the meal drive and hot meal preparation again next year.

The Q is located at 104 W. Second St. in Jamestown. For more information on the “Giving Thanks by Giving Back” campaign, contact The Q at 483-6256 or find them on Facebook.