Valdosta Daily Times

November 29, 2013

Barbecue business provides food, fellowship to needy

Desiree Murphy
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — During this time of year, many people will spend quality time with loved ones they may not see often and enjoy a warm meal in the privacy of their home. It is easy to forget that there are many who are not able to enjoy such luxuries during this holiday season. Not all people who need a helping hand are homeless; many have simply fallen onto hard times, are unable to prepare food for themselves due to physical ailments, elderly, or may just have no family. Sam’s BBQ, located at 414 E. Hill Ave., set out for the seventh year in a row to help provide these people with some food and fellowship on Thanksgiving Day.

Holding multiple fundraisers to help support this event, Sam Watts, along with numerous volunteers, spent their Thanksgiving giving back to everyone in the community who were longing for a warm meal and some company for the holidays.

Along with enough food to feed more than 400 people, the business also gave away winter clothing and other apparel to the less fortunate. Margo Watts, volunteer and wife of Sam’s BBQ’s owner, can’t imagine spending her Thanksgiving any other way. Along with other members of her family, she said that this is her celebration. “We have our Thanksgiving dinner with them,” says Mrs. Watts. With such Thanksgiving favorites as turkey, ham, dressing, and green beans, it was certainly a meal anyone would be blessed to have.

A local motorcycle club, Two Wheel Riders, also helped out with the event for the fourth consecutive year. The Two Wheel Riders set out to help in the community in any way they can and this is one of their chosen methods. “Wherever we are needed, that’s where we are at,” stated Floyd Robinson, Two Wheel Rider secretary.

Serving hundreds of people from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., the volunteers worked non-stop to make sure all the needs of the attendees were met. Sam Watts, owner of Sam’s BBQ, smiled happily as he watched yet another year of service fall into place. “It’s great doing this every year,” says Watts. “When I see people come and eat meals with a smile on their face, it just makes my day.”