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Local business donates Thanksgiving leftovers to those in need


Eau Claire (WQOW) - This holiday season, a local bar and grill is doing its part to give back to others. Whiskey's grill and bar in Eau Claire held a Thanksgiving buffet yesterday. Today, they donated their leftovers to a local organization.

"We had all this extra food, and we didn't know what to do with it," said Brad Windeshausen, who owns Whiskey's Grill and Bar in Altoona.

Brad Windeshausen has the same problem many Americans have after Thanksgiving; too many leftovers. So he decided to give back.

"I didn't really know much about the Community Table, until I started volunteering time and seeing how the whole process worked. So it was something that seeing that, and how our community helps people out that are less fortunate, it's a great program down there," Windeshausen said.  

The owner of Whiskeys has loaded up his truck with leftovers for the past five years.

"Typically we'll end up ordering quite a bit of extra turkey. We also have vegetables, and sometimes even some leftover pie," said Windeshausen.

It's that kind of giving spirit the community table says is a big help around the holidays.

"This time of the year, with the cold coming on, there's a lot of hungry people. We really enjoy having the community's support," said The Community Table's James Gilmore.

Even though it's just one business, the leftovers will go a long way.

"We serve about 150 people a day on average, so this food that Brad brought in will definitely take care of one of the meals for our guests. This turkey is going to serve over 100 people," Gilmore said.

The Community Table is open 7 days a week for those in need.

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