Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will serve Thanksgiving dinner to those who lost everything

Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico (from Facebook).

Thousands of people who lost homes in the Camp Fire will still have a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday because of the generosity of several businesses and institutions in Chico.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico says they are expecting over 2,000 Camp Fire evacuees tomorrow who will be their guests of honor for a huge Thanksgiving Day meal. The community Thanksgiving meal, also known as "Thanksgiving Together" is hosted by Sierra Nevada in collaboration with the World Central Kitchen, Chico State, the Associated Student, Paradise Unified School District and the Chico Unified School District.

Hundreds of volunteers have already signed up to cook, clean and serve. They'll be serving so many people, they've set up four different meal times:

  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • 5:00 p.m.

Sierra Nevada kindly asks that only evacuees and victims of the Camp Fire attend, who have been displaced from their homes. They say the meal is free and is on a first come, first serve basis.

"It's a sad time for the whole community but I'm glad we are able to help out in any way that we can," Ken Grossman says, the owner and founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Grossman along with his employees were preparing the gravy and turkey on Wednesday ahead of the big holiday.

Sierra Nevada says it had the idea of doing this for first responders, but when they approached them, the firefighters and officials said they would rather serve those who have been evacuated. Cal Fire and other agencies will be there serving those who have lost everything, providing them with a sprinkle of joy in what would otherwise be a very somber Thanksgiving.

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