Holiday Season

Nov 24, 2013 11:32 PM by Chris Welty

Acadiana Man Giving Back for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just days away and while many families are preparing to cook and enjoy the holiday, thousands of others may not be as fortunate.

Back here at home, one Acadiana businessman is looking to make sure everyone has a happy Thanksgiving and a hot meal to enjoy.

"I think it's our obligation and duty to reach out to the people not as fortunate as we are," said owner of Bailey's and Ema's Cafe Ema Haq.

It's been a tradition for twenty-one years, Ema opens up his restaurants to feed those in need on Thanksgiving day.

"We are blessed and it's an even bigger blessing we can share that day with the people," said Ema.

His staff is already preparing for the feast. Last year, more than 800 people packed in for a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings. More than two dozen volunteers made up of family, friends and employees pitch in for the day hoping to make the experience memorable.

"Watching people that normally couldn't come into a restaurant and enjoy a meal get to be treated and words can't describe that," said General Manager Debbie Gibson.

Ema says he wishes he could do this everyday and he can't imagine doing anything else on Thanksgiving but serving and seeing smiles.

"I know I can't impact all their lives, but at least for the moment, they will smile and feel special for that day," said Ema.

Bailey's restaurant is open to all in need this Thanksgiving. If you need a ride or if you are homebound and would like a meal delivered, you can call the restaurant to make arrangements.

Chris Welty



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