It was a tall order for one local restaurant this holiday.

But volunteers at the Brass Rail in O’Fallon, Missouri spent the day preparing thousands of Thanksgiving meals for people in need.

By 5pm Thursday, owner Scott Ellinger said they had prepared 2700 meals. Each year, the volunteer effort grows bigger.

“It all started with just an opportunity to want to give back to the community,” he said. “O’Fallon has done such an incredible job of supporting the restaurant, I just wanted to give back.”

The restaurant offered the meals free of charge. Each serving included a full plate of turkey, sides, and dessert.
Ellinger invited people to enjoy their meal at his restaurant, or carry-out.

Volunteers also delivered hundreds of meals to people’s homes, churches, or schools.

Ellinger said he didn’t schedule any of his staff to work Thursday, but hundreds helped him put together the project this week.
Many families spent Thanksgiving volunteering together at his restaurant.

“It’s supposed to be about family and it’s supposed to be about tradition, and we got a whole bunch of families together today – either that we fed or that volunteered.”