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Freedom Square Diner Hosting Annual Christmas Giving Dinners

Proceeds benefit Gleaners Food Bank in Cranberry.

Freedom Square Diner in Cranberry is once again giving back to the community with its annual Christmas Giving Dinner. 

“It’s just something we’ve always done,” diner owner Tom Cross said of the event, which is now in its fifth year.

From 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 and Tuesday, Dec. 4. Freedom Square will donate half of all sales to the nonprofit Gleaners Food Bank of Cranberry to benefit local families. In a twist from last year’s event, where only a limited menu was served, the full menu is available for the giving dinners.

Linda Heery, director of Gleaner’s, said Cross first approached her in 2008 about providing a Christmas meal to those in need in the community. In the last four years, the giving dinners have raised close to $10,000 in donations, she said.

In addition, Heery said Cross also has donated gift certificates for breakfast to the nonprofit.

“Tom and his family are so wonderfully generous,” Heery said. “This incredible effort has allowed us to distribute an extra meal (meat and fresh produce) during our December food distribution for each of the past four years.

Freedom Square also is collecting nonperishable food items inside the restaurant to distribute to Gleaner’s.

Cross said the event continues to grow every year, and he aims to keep it that way.  

“As long as I’m here, we plan to keep on doing it,” he said.

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