Valdosta Couple Opens Home to Strangers for Thanksgiving

By: Jacqueline Ingles Email
By: Jacqueline Ingles Email

One local couple who lost its family owned cafe cooked food for a few hundred folks at its home Thursday.

More than 100 people attended Thanksgiving dinner at the home of John and Terrie Robinson.

In August, the couple had to shut down their restaurant in Lake Park when they learned John had cancer, but John recently successfully completed chemotherapy, so the couple decided to cook a meal for family, friends and even strangers.

While dinner was free to all who attended, many guests and John agreed that this gathering wouldn't have been possible without Terrie.

"She doesn't see people, all she sees is the need of the people and that's the kind of people we need more of," says Claudia Leech.

"It's very unique to us and its a tradition my wife's family has carried on for years and we are more than happy to expand our hospitality to everyone," says John Robinson.

The Robinsons hope to re-open their restaurant in the next few years.

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