A Holiday Meal for the Community

Crystal Raye was born, raised, and still resides in Metropolis Illinois. The community has had some hard times in recent years with business closures, tornados and floods. It is, and always has been, Crystal’s passion to cook and serve the community. Three years ago, Crystal and her husband organized a Community Holiday Meal. It is designed to help feed local people who otherwise would not be able to get a hot meal during this time of the year.

The first year they had great success, serving over 800 meals to the community. Since the second annual holiday meal, they have opened Just Like Mama’s Home Cooking, a family-owned restaurant.

A Festive Holiday Meal

Raye and the restaurant are continuing the tradition by closing to the public on December 23rd, between from 11am - 4pm. During that time their guests will be those in need in the community and they’ll be getting a festive holiday meal. They will also have someone delivering meals to the sick and shut-ins.

Want to help?

Raye, together with other members of the community, have reached out to local businesses and asked for support with this meal. They are still in need of donations to make this event a success. The following items would be very much appreciated.

  • DISPOSABLE GLOVES
  • STURDY FOAM PLATES
  • PLASTIC FORK, SPOONS, AND KNIVES
  • NAPKINS
  • PAPER TOWELS
  • TO-GO CONTAINERS
  • PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS
  • CLEANING SPRAY
  • BAGS OF BREAD CRUMBS
  • CHICKEN BROTH
  • TUBS AND/OR STICKS OF BUTTER
  • SAGE SEASONING
  • CASES OF BOTTLED WATER
  • BOXES AND/OR BAGS OF STUFFING MIX
  • BAGS AND/OR BOXES INSTANT POTATOES
  • LARGE CANS OF GREEN BEANS
  • LARGE CANS OF CORN
  • DINNER ROLLS
  • ASSORTED DESSERTS
  • GIFT CARDS TO WALMART, SAM’S CLUB, BIG JOHN’S, KROGERS, ETC., TO PURCHASE THE ITEMS NEEDED

If you want more information on this event or want details of how to donate, contact Crystal Raye at 270.564.0980 or email at rayecrystal@gmail.com or justlikemamashomecooking@gmail.com.