KALISPELL – This Salute to Service report features a local business that has been giving back to the community for more than four decades.
Sykes Diner in Kalispell dished out more than 1,000 warm Thanksgiving meals to the community this year.
The serving up of a free Thanksgiving meal to the community was continued when new owners took over eight years ago, continuing a 40 year tradition.
This year’s preparations began a week in advance for the feast with the help of more than 125 volunteers who all shared the goal of serving 1,200 Montanans.
The diner’s owners say they just about reached that goal this year serving at least 1,100 meals on Thanksgiving Day.
The volunteers do it all with a smile on their face spreading the spirit of the season.
Betty Silvert told MTN News that she's been helping since the 1990's.
"It's just such a privilege and I thank God that I'm able to do this… my family are all away in other states. It's a wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving,” Silvert said.
Silvert added that she even enjoys peeling potatoes for three days straight for the big feast.
Sykes Diner also makes sure all have a warm meal by delivering one to those who are unable to make it out of their homes.