Rosa Linda’s Mexican Cafe serves up Thanksgiving dinner

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Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe, located in Denver's Highland neighborhood. (Facebook)

Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe, located in Denver's Highland neighborhood. (Facebook)

DENVER — For most people, serving a Thanksgiving meal to thousands of people would be a nightmare. But a local restaurant has turned the challenge into a yearly, community event.

Rosa Linda Aguirre, the owner of Rosa Linda’s Mexican Cafe, has been serving free Thanksgiving meals for 28 years. Her first year of business back in 1985 was a bumpy one. She had to make a loan payment on her restaurant, business was slow and she had five children to feed. So she made a promise.

“If I make my balloon payment, I promise you, Lord, that I will open up the restaurant, I will open the doors of my restaurant, and feed the senior citizens,” Rosa Linda Aguirre said.

She kept her promise, feeding 200 senior citizens that first year. Every year the event has grown, as she’s opened it up to anyone who needs a meal. Last year Aguirre and hundreds of volunteers helped feed 6,000 people.

“It’s part of us, and it’s not work,” Aguirre said. “It’s a work of love.”

If you’d like to help Rosa Linda with this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, go to their website: http://www.rosalindasmexicancafe.com/thanks

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