Park Hill Pizza is prepared for its third annual Free Community Holiday Meal this Christmas, asking its local customers to spread the word far and wide.
“We wanted to do something for people. There are a lot of people out here that need a meal and we’re doing everything we can to help them out on Christmas,” said Dina Nims, who co-manages Park Hill Pizza with her husband Greg.
The pizzeria is offering more than a pizza. The hungry will choose from appetizers, turkey, ham, side dishes and even desserts. The pizzeria can seat 35 people in its dining room and offer enough food for 100 diners. Families who already know they won’t be able to have a Christmas meal at home can call ahead to reserve meals at noon, 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. A donor gave the pizzeria hundreds of hats and gloves while others donated toys so that those who show up to eat will leave with full bellies and a gift in their arms.
Nims told Sentinel & Enterprise how in their inaugural event, they gave gloves and a hat to a young boy named Charlie. “…(He) says, ‘Look, Mom, I can go outside and play in the snow now.’ It doesn’t take much to make a little boy happy,” said Nims.
The Nims also offer rides home to families that dredged through the cold snow to attend the dinner. The couple sees this kindness as a duty, knowing that there are people who need kindness and good especially during the time of giving.