2012-11-29 / Living

Area restaurant owner hosts Thanksgiving for needy families

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Photo by Rhonda Sanders Photo by Rhonda Sanders FLINT TWP. — Celebrating Thanksgiving with food and fellowship is a family tradition for many but not everyone is so fortunate.

Carrying on a tradition of sharing and caring started by pilgrims and Indians with the first Thanksgiving, Olio’s Bistro, 1072 Elms Rd., hosted a free Thanksgiving dinner for 20 less fortunate families last week.

Owner Elie Damouni and his family, with help from the Genesee Valley Rotary Club, served approximately 85 guests from noon to 8 p.m.

“Everyone attending enjoyed the hospitality and food while socializing with other families on this very important day,” said George Mehrens, a Rotary Club member.

“Many could not thank Elie and his family enough for such a nice day.”

Genesee Valley Rotary, a service organization, was honored to be a part of this special dinner which hopefully will become an annual affair, Mehrens said.

Damouni and his family own eight Tim Horton’s restaurants in the Flint area and several more in outlying areas.

“They are always looking to help people in need and make their lives better,” Mehrens said.

“Deeds like this is what makes Genesee County special and a place we are proud of.”

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