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Beanie’s cooks from the heart for a really big family

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image Volunteers at the Ruskin UMC take a moment to pose on Thanksgiving Day as they prepare meals for 400 visitors, meals provided by Beanie’s. Beanie’s also provided meals to the SCC UMC and Northside Baptist. Photos by Mitch Traphagen

Beanie's Bar and Grill in Ruskin cooks up meals for 900.

Did you have to cook for a big family on Thanksgiving this year? The crew at Beanie’s Sports Bar in Ruskin knows how you feel — they were up early on Thanksgiving morning cooking for their extended family.

Beanie’s delivered 900 Thanksgiving meals to three area churches on Thanksgiving Day. Many of the recipients of their generosity would otherwise have been alone this Thanksgiving.

When asked if he’d like his photo taken for the newspaper, Beanie just smiled and said no. “I don’t do this for the publicity,” he added. For those of us with so much to be thankful for, perhaps it would be fitting to add one more: stopping by to thank a selfless man for making this community a better place to live.

Below, Katie Matson, the "pie professional" working the dessert table at the United Methodist Church in Ruskin on Thanksgiving Day.

Katie Matson was the

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