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Several restaurants across the North Fork are offering special feasts for the holiday. (Credit: Doug Young)

This time of year is all about giving back. And with a particularly difficult 2020 for many people, that is even more important. Grace and Grit, the boutique Southold catering company, is doing just that — but they need your help. 

For the third year, Grace and Grit is asking you to nominate someone in the community who deserves a free Thanksgiving dinner: a 12 to 13 pound herb roasted all-natural turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, a quart of citrus cranberry sauce and a quart of homemade gravy.

“We are a company made up of local people,” Samantha Payne-Markel, director of sales, said. “We just wanted to do something to say thank you. We work with so many people out here, and it’s such a great community. So, about three years ago we came up with this idea that we were going to ask the community for nominations.”

Anyone can nominate anyone from the community. Both nominationators and winners are kept anonymous. “There are so many people out here who would give the shirt off their own back, even if they didn’t have another one, whether it’s volunteering their free time or going to the shelter and walking dogs or the teachers out here who just go above and beyond,” she continued. “Those people deserve to be recognized, and we just feel like it’s something that we were able to do.”

Nominations are simple: send Payne-Markel an email at [email protected] telling her who you want to nominate and why. And there’s also another way to contribute. Grace and Grit wants to give away as many Thanksgiving dinners as possible. You can donate money towards a dinner (one dinner is $300) so the catering company is able to give away more than just one prize. All the money goes towards the dinners. “Our goal is always to not have anyone that is nominated not win,” Payne-Markel said.