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Hamilton restaurant paying it forward with Thanksgiving meals

Posted: 9:29 PM, Nov 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-13 16:18:11-05
Marias Hamilton
Maria's Mexican Restaurant

HAMILTON — Main Street in Hamilton is home to Maria's Mexican restaurant and for the second time, the owners are offering free Thanksgiving meals to anyone who comes in.

Last year, they collected traditional turkey dinners for patrons that needed food. They're changing it up this year, with a free Mexican food Thanksgiving menu.

The restaurant has also started a separate holiday event-the pay it forward wall-so people can buy pre pay for meals. People in need can then pick up a tab, and get a free meal any time. ''

Owner Maria Chavez says it's been a dream of hers to open a restaurant and give back since she was little.

"My mom was a single mother, and she struggled a lot to put food on the table," Chavez told MTN News.

"So we know how it feels to go hungry, not have lunch, or your mother crying because she doesn't know if she's able to feed you that day or not. So we know how it feels."

The restaurant is located at 217 Main Street in Hamilton and will be open in the afternoon on Thanksgiving day.