Coffee Shop Serves Free Meal For Holiday


Thursday, December 25th 2008, 5:12 pm
By: News On 6


By Chris Wright, NewsOn6.com

TULSA, OK -- A north Tulsa coffee shop offered a free holiday meal to those in need this Christmas, people showed up for both food and fellowship.

For the second year, members of the North Tulsa Community gathered at Sadie's Coffee House, saying it is important to be together, especially today.

For those who spent their Christmas at the coffee shop, there were plenty of options for their holiday meal.

They were quick to load up on turkey, ham, vegetables and of course, sweet potato pie.

"We have lots of food, we intend to have lots of fun and enjoyment, fellowship today, this Christmas," said Sadie Steward of Sadie's Coffee House.

Sadie hosted the first free Christmas dinner at her coffee house last year. At the time, the entire city was in the grips of the ice storm, and Sadie just wanted to offer people to a warm place to stay.

"When the lights came back on in the shopping center, we just got together a bunch of us, and say we've got to do something, we've got to help," said Steward.

Word spread about last year's dinner, and organizers say that helped attract people to this year's.

"It's been one of my best Christmas experiences ever, it's been pretty great," said Volunteer Natalie Mulkey.

"Oh it's real warm, feeling warm today.  All these feeling, you know just to know you can give someone else a boost on Christmas. It's just lovely," said Johnie Henderson.

Instead of an ice storm, this year people are being affected by a financial one. But Sadie says that on Christmas at least, everyone can be optimistic.

"If we all just help each other, and hang in there and share, and hang in here together, it's going to be ok," said Steward.

The event went so well that they hope to continue to make this an annual affair.