Monkey Business offers free Christmas dinner

CHARLESTON, Ore.- They are not monkey-ing around in Charleston this Christmas.

One small-local business is opening its doors and hearts for the holidays.

Located on the corner of Pelican and Albacore Lane in Charleston, Monkey Business Food To Go will host a free Christmas dinner for everyone in the community.

Owner, Elizabeth Murphy, tells KCBY she anticipates three to four hundred people stopping by, and she wouldn't be able to provide this free meal without the communities support...

"It's been incredible the amount of people, people I don't even know, walk up to me and have offered to help or donate" says Murphy. "It's been a really humbling experience for me because last year I didn't ask anybody for help, but this year I wouldn't have been able to do anything without it."

The Coquille Indian Tribe, Wal-Mart, Grocery Outlet, Cash and Carry, FSA, Basin Tackle Shop and numerous community members have made cash and food donation- all to help provide a joyful holiday.

"I think Christmas to a lot of people is a depressing time. Like when you have children, you never have enough. You think "I wish I could do more. I wish I could do more." So you are depresses. It's my solution to depression. There's nothing like looking at somebody and smiling and say, "Merry Christmas" and give them a hot meal.

Take home meals will be served from 9:00 a.m. until the food is gone.

Murphy says people may enjoy the food on site, but due to limited seating dinners will be served in boxes easy to take home.