Prescott and Russell Residence staff and residents received free meals from Moonshine BBQ Smokehouse in Hawkesbury on Christmas Eve. Moonshine will again be offering free meals to members of the community during the provincewide shutdown in Ontario. Submitted photo.

Restaurant donates Christmas meals to Prescott and Russell Residence

Moonshine BBQ Smokehouse in Hawkesbury decided to send a Christmas gift to the Prescott and Russell Residence.  On December 24, pre-made meals from the restaurant were delivered to the long-term care facility on Cartier Boulevard.

Moonshine co-owner Fred Beaver said that they wanted to do something for the people at the facility, which recently emerged from a COVID-19 outbreak that lasted more than two months and affected most of the residents, staff, and also resulted in 15 residents passing away.

Beaver said that he was raised to believe that a good meal and some appreciation go a long way when people are down.

“Christmas is about showing love and being the best ‘you,’ if only for a day!” he said.

Beaver said the residents and staff deserved the recognition for what they went through during the outbreak.

When the provincewide shutdown takes effect on Boxing Day in Ontario, Moonshine, and all other residents will not be able to offer indoor dining.  Moonshine will be open for takeout only.  The restaurant will also again be offering a free meal once a week again to help people in uncertain financial situations.  Moonshine also offered free meals during the previous shutdown in the spring of 2020.

James Morgan

James Morgan is a freelance contributor. He has worked for several print and broadcast media outlets. James loves the history, natural beauty, and people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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