DECATUR - When Vinnie Barbee opened up a restaurant years ago, his only concern was his customers. He has now expanded his clientele to include the homeless. For the twelfth year in a row, Barbee and the Water Street Mission in Decatur hosted an Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. The dinner's main feature is BBQ, inspired by Vinnie's actual BBQ restaurant, a place many consider a local favorite. When he started serving the dinner years ago, he noticed that many of the people coming in for food were old friends.
"Once you've been in the place that some other people have been, you will know yourself that some people need help," said Barbee.
Twelve years later the tradition is still going strong. According to Barbee, he's going to keep doing it as long as he can.
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