Caring Hearts, Lizzy’s Kitchen join forces again
By RODD CAYTON/The Daily News Nov 29, 2013
BULLHEAD CITY — Not everyone in the Tri-state cooked for one family and settled down for a Thanksgiving Day of food and football.
The staff of Lizzy’s Kitchen was busy as usual Thursday, providing meals for the hungry.
But these meals were different, Thanksgiving dinners for hundreds of area residents, as part of an effort by Marci Burke of the Caring Hearts Food Ministry to help meet the need in the community.
Burke has been hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner for six years, the last three at Lizzy’s Kitchen, which has been providing a community dinner for the last five years.
She said the feast was made possible through donations from the BHHS Legacy Foundation, River Fund, Inc. and “many generous people throughout the Tri-state area.”
Assistance also came in other ways: the Aquarius Casino Resort donated 40 complete meals for food boxes and Swantys Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Valley View Christian Church provided vans to bring diners to and from dinner or deliver meals to shut-ins.
She said she thinks the support for the event comes because of observation.
“The community is aware of the need,” Burke said, “and is aware of how the need has grown in this economy.”
One reflection of the growing need was her projection of how many meals would be served. Burke said she planned for more than 800, compared to 729 last year.
“People’s hours have been cut at work, they’ve lost their jobs or they’ve had their food stamps cut,” she said. “All of that wreaks havoc on their incomes.”
Burke said she got the idea after thinking that making a dinner just for herself and her daughter wasn’t worth the effort.
She talked to Valley View Pastor Malcam Moberly and Caring Hearts Food Ministry was born.
“Since then, I have been blessed to have the support of the community,” Burke said.
Lizzy’s Kitchen owner Rosa Hernandez said opening the establishment to the food ministry is her way of giving back to a community that has provided many loyal customers. That her staff would agree to work on the holiday means a lot to her, she said, because it shows that they support her community service mission.
This is a really good example showcasing the true spirit of Thanksgiving and that is being thankful for what we have been granted with and making sure other people have at the least the basic ones too, like food. Not everybody would abandon their families during holidays just to care for other people, but these few went out to prove their difference.