Local business owner gives back with community dinner

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NEW ALLENTON, SC (WRDW/WAGT) – The Atomic City Cafe in New Allenton hosted an all-evening Thanksgiving feast.

We went there for the food and the community.

Owner Daphne Simpkins says she didn’t have much when she was young, but seeing her family continue to give to others inspired her at a young age.

When she took over the café, she set out to impact her community on an even larger scale.

“We didn’t really have much, and I know I can’t save the whole world, you know, it’s me, one person at a time, but if I can help someone, it’s worth it,” says you.

Simpkins stands ready to do the same for the New Allenton community and others.

“It started out as, you know, Coats Drive. And then we said, you know what, let’s just have a free Thanksgiving dinner,” she said.

Days earlier, Simpkins and her crew had spent countless hours in the kitchen preparing hot meals for everyone in need.

“Tuesday, we all made desserts. Wednesday, which was yesterday, had several collards, lots of macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and meat with and without dressing… mashed potatoes. I got here at six o’clock this morning. I roasted five turkeys,” she said.

It’s a meal, served hot for free, that’s changing the lives of people like Bush.

“I looked at the fact, you know, some people don’t have a place to eat. And for some reason I think God spoke to Daphne’s heart,” he said.

Bush says his family is everywhere and he planned to spend Thanksgiving alone until she called him.

“My family didn’t cook today. When Daphne invited me to visit today, it was an honor,” Bush said.

His servant’s heart goes beyond the free food.

“I meet a lot of new people. And like I said, I help them a lot. You know we have dresses and coats. When it starts to run out completely, almost to a standstill, we’ll pack everything up and I’ll go straight to the 278 retirement home and give them everything,” Simpkins said.

For him, Thanksgiving means blessing others.

“I love knowing that no one goes hungry. You can come up and be part of a family even if you don’t have a family. If you come through the door, we’ll treat you like Will behaving himself,” she said.

75 people came in 2021. This year they served more than 100 Thalis in the first three hours.

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