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Free dinner for needy.

The holiday season always seems to bring out the best in people.

Vito "Skip" Cutrone of Follansbee, West Virginia, announced on October 15 that his restaurant, Vito's 2, would be offering a free Thanksgiving buffet for those who wanted a delicious hot holiday meal. According to the Weirton Daily Times, "Cutrone said everyone is welcome to the dinner, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, regardless of need." Likewise, his other businesses, K&J's Skip 'n' Go and the Java Shoppe, held non-perishable food drives for a local food pantry on the same day.

According to NBC News 9, family, friends, and city officials woke up early on Thanksgiving Day to help prepare the meal at Vito's 2. Home delivery was new this year, and volunteers worked through the night to get it all ready. "Right now we are prepping for 146 to-go's that we're delivering," said Cutrone.

"I pretty much pulled an all-nighter. I cooked 26 turkeys, 22 hams and about 800 pounds of potatoes," Cutrone continued. "In our area with the economy, how bad it is right now, [we want to] just have a nice hot dinner, hot meal for anybody in the area who wants to come out and have a dinner and a real nice Thanksgiving buffet."

Cutrone hosted a similar event last year, with a turnout of 250 people. Organizers said more people came by this year than in years past to Vito's 2. As a successful business owner in Follansbee for over 20 years, he feels it is his duty "to give back to the community."

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Title Annotation:THE GOODNESS OF AMERICA; Vito Cutrone of Follansbee, West Virginia
Author:Clabough, Raven
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U5WV
Date:Dec 24, 2012
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