The Deli Planet will host a free Thanksgiving meal and giveaway for 50 military members from the Texoma region.
Rebecca Rutledge and her husband Eric both own The Deli Planet restaurant located just across from Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls.
"The military is good to us, we are right across the street. If that base was not there I don't know if we would still be in business. They are very important to our business and we are happy to serve them every day just like they do for us," said Rebecca Rutledge.
Military members were allowed to sign up for the free Thanksgiving meal on a first come first serve basis. On top of serving a full Thanksgiving meal with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy The Deli Planet also made some special orders for service members in attendance.
"The question is what was your thing that maybe your family does and people mentioned things like collard greens and hot wings and brisket and stuff like that, so we have added some of those things to the thanksgiving menu to make sure they get that little small touch from home for them," said Rutledge.
Once the meal is finished military members are offered a chance to stay, relax, watch football and also take home a special prize. The Deli Planet partnered with 42 local and state businesses to gather prize donations so that all 50 military members don't leave empty handed. There are gift cards, baskets, clothes, electronics and multiple other donation prizes that service members can take with them when they leave.
"We would like to open up the city and let them know that there are businesses out there that care about them," said Rutledge.
Rutledge said that both she and her husband plan to host another similar Thanksgiving military dinner event next year.