The Thanksgiving holiday is a time for family, but also a time for giving.
A pair of Michigan casinos are getting into that holiday spirit, and will being doing their part to give back.
Gun Lake Casino and FireKeepers Casino Hotel are both making sure people in their communities will have something to be thankful for this season.
Toys for Tots event at Gun Lake
Gun Lake Casino will be hosting an event on Saturday in support of the Lakeshore Toys for Tots organization.
The casino will be hosting an outdoor fundraising event for the whole family to enjoy. It begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. on the patio outside of the CBK restaurant.
“This holiday season Gun Lake Casino is once again proud to partner with Lakeshore Toys for Tots in their mission to bring holiday cheer to area children,” said Gun Lake Casino’s CEO, Salvatore Semola in a press release. “We have a fun, family-friendly event coming up to kick-off our season of giving. We’re excited to see our community members and their families for some holiday fun on November 26th.”
Those that bring a new toy to donate will get a photo with Santa, be able to pet the North Pole reindeer and have access to the refreshments and hot cocoa bar.
Guests that bring a new unwrapped gift, accompanied by a receipt, may also receive up to $50 in free slot play for their donation.
Collections for the Toys for Tots program will take place until Dec. 18.
Gun Lake also is taking donations throughout November for the American Indian Center.
They are taking new clothing, non-perishable food items and monetary donations. If you donate items, you can receive up to $100 in free play with a receipt for the donated items.
FireKeepers providing free Thanksgiving dinners
For the sixth consecutive year The Fire Hub, which is owned by FireKeepers Casino Hotel, will provide a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for Battle Creek area residents in need.
Pre-packed meals will be served to-go at Battle Creek Central High School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Anyone in need is welcome to pick up go-to meals during this time.
The Fire Hub restaurant will close to the public to accommodate this effort.
Last year, The Fire Hub was able to provide more than 500 dinners. Anyone interested in receiving a hot meal can call The Fire Hub at 269-753-0065 for more information.