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Dinner is served in the Tri-state

By RODD CAYTON/The Daily News Nov 23, 2012

BULLHEAD CITY — The hungry were sent away from Lizzie’s Kitchen Thursday filled with good things.

Owner Rosa Hernandez opened her kitchen at the Kitchen so that Caring Hearts Food Ministry could provide a Thanksgiving dinner to anyone who needed one.

“I don’t want to see anyone go without a hot meal on a holiday,” said Marci Burke of Caring Hearts. The eatery’s staff volunteered their time, with Hernandez herself handling the bulk of the cooking duties in what has become a local Thanksgiving tradition.

The meal included turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn chowder or salad, a dinner roll and a slice of pumpkin pie.

Caring Hearts had three vans on the road delivering meals, and also arranged transportation for diners to and from the restaurant.

“A lot of people don’t even have gas money anymore,” Burke said.

There was no charge for the meal, but many diners put bills into a donation jar; Burke said that money will support Caring Hearts’ everyday mission, which distributes meals three days a week.

This is the fourth year that Lizzie’s Kitchen has served the special meal. Caring Hearts took over its operation from Praise Chapel in 2011, Burke said, helped by Valley Christian Church and the BHHS Legacy Foundation.

Hernandez said she opens her business to the event not only as a way of contributing to the community, but also to show her appreciation for her adopted country (she’s originally from Mexico City) and the success the restaurant has had. Today, Lizzie’s Kitchen goes back to serving its usual fare: Mexican and American staples.

During dinner, a visitor from Flagstaff dropped in, bearing Walmart gift cards for the children present.

Last year some 600 meals were served, and Burke said she hoped to make that 700 this year. As of 2 p.m., 496 people had enjoyed their meals.

As they left, diners were offered coupons good for free Christmas ham dinners at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery.

“Their eyes light up,” Burke said. “To know they’ve got another holiday covered.”

Caring Hearts and Lizzy’s weren’t alone in their generosity. The Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department, with the help of a local troop of Girl Scouts, provided dinner for patients at New Hope Hospice.


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