Peaden's Grill helps make Thanksgiving special at one area community center


GREENVILLE, Pitt County - If you live in Greenville, you've probably heard of Peaden's.

The eating establishment has been in the community now for 60 years. On Thanksgiving, one cashier is especially thankful for what the restaurant is helping her to accomplish.

"I got seven pans of stuffing," said Denetta Applewhite, a cashier at Peaden's who was putting the final touches on the food prepared for the Thanksgiving meal at Community Crossroads Center in Greenville.

It's turkey and all the fixings. Applewhite brings a complete Thanksgiving meal to Community Crossroads Center from Peaden's Grill. She makes every dish on her own.

"Three years strong right there," Applewhite said. "I went to my supervisor, my boss man, with it and he told me if I could get it together that he would donate all the food."

So began the tradition. Applewhite said it grows every year, from the meals to the number of volunteers that help get the food on the plates of those who need it most. Officers from the Greenville Police Department, East Carolina University's volleyball team and Farmville Central High School's wrestling team also came out to help.

"We have to be thankful for what we have and so yeah, I was supposed to be off today but being able to give back, I think the true rewards come from what you do for other people," said Richie Williams, a GPD officer.

Even though it's a lot of work, Applewhite said it's something she's going to continue to do for many turkey days to come.

"I always say 'No' and I'm like 'No, gotta do it," so yeah, I think I would do it again," Applewhite said.

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