Thanksgiving came early for a Watertown mother and her two sons.
On Tuesday night, Christy Sherrill, Jonathon Bentley and Issac Hopper sat down with family and friends for a spaghetti dinner at Depot Junction Café in Watertown. The dinner was a benefit for the family of three.
"People in the community have been so generous and everything, that I can't thank [them] enough," Sherrill said.
The outpouring of generosity came after Sherrill's mobile home on Sparta Pike was destroyed by fire on a November 2.
Minutes after the fire, she told Nashville's News 2, "It's hard, because it's everything that I've worked for."
Neighbors in Watertown, a town described as a place where everybody knows everybody, immediately went to work.
"My husband called me and he told me. He said, 'Christy's house is burned. She's lost everything,'" said Debbie Stephens, owner of Depot Junction Café. "And the first thing that came to my mind, 'We have to do something.'"
Stephens knew Sherrill well.
"Christy was one of my first servers 20 years ago when we opened the Depot up," she said.
The café was determined to be the best space for a large gathering to show support for the family.
Stephens organized a $10-a-plate spaghetti dinner with the help of faculty and parents at Watertown Elementary, Sherrill's employer and the boys' school.
Because Jonathon and Issac are both athletes, many teammates and other local sports team members volunteered to serve at the dinner.
"It's been a bad experience, but it's also been a good experience just seeing the community help out so much," 13-year-old Jonathon said.
"They [have] just been really supportive in helping out," added 12-year-old Issac.
Local insurer Modern Woodmen of America planned to match money collected at Tuesday's benefit up to $2,500.
In addition the money, Sherrill and her sons have received donations of clothes and furniture in the weeks since the fire.
They are currently staying with Sherrill's sister, but they look forward to getting a place of their own soon.
For information on how to help, call Depot Junction Café at 615-237-3976.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:07 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:07:37 GMT
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