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Local businesses donate turkey dinners to SPS families

For Keith Lewis and his wife Amy Lewis, it’s all about giving back to the community – and for the second year in a row, Springfield Public Schools is on the receiving end of the Lewis’ generosity.

The Eugene couple owns two local restaurants - Keith Lewis owns Once Famous Grill located at the Beer Garden, and Amy Lewis owns Quackers Sports Bar and Grill – and although this has been a challenging year for most people, the Lewis family still wants to help as many people as they can.

About 130 Springfield Public Schools families on Thursday will receive a turkey, and all of the typical sides that are served with Thanksgiving dinner, including potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, gravy, stuffing and more - all for free from Lewis’s.

“I love Thanksgiving and all I could think about this year is ways that we could give back,” Keith Lewis said. “Growing up we didn’t have much, but we had enough. There was so much love and my mom’s cooking was amazing and we were all together and it worked out. I love Thanksgiving and I’m in the position to be able to give back, so that’s what we’re doing.”

The Lewis family works with Walmart (on West 11th Ave.) and WinCo to get all of the supplies for families to take home a turkey dinner. Lewis, who used to play in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers, said in a recent interview that he and a friend who played football with him split the bill each year, which equals out to about $5,000.  

“We can’t save everyone,” he said “But we can do our part. The feeling is amazing, and the feedback we got last year was overwhelming. We hope to continue to do this for many years.”