This Is It! BBQ & Seafood Is Bringing Joy to Children and Families Less Fortunate This Holiday Season

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This Is It! BBQ & Seafood restaurants provides free Thanksgiving Dinners to families in need and partners with the Atlanta Toys for Tots Campaign in an effort to raise at least 5,000 toys for children.

This Is It! BBQ & Seafood joins the U. S Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots North Atlanta to help the organization collect toys for children who are less fortunate. “As more families have less to spend at Christmas, now more than ever the Toys for Tots program needs help from the community. We are asking that you Give Early – Give Now. This will help us manage the program and ensure we distribute as many toys as possible to the children of Atlanta” said Cherrie Carney, the Atlanta Toys for Tots Media Coordinator. The goal for This Is It! BBQ & Seafood is to support this program by filling up the restaurant’s catering vans with at least 5,000 new unwrapped toys. The toys will be delivered to the Toys for Tots warehouse on December 14 where volunteers will then sort and distribute the toys to children by Christmas Day.

This Is It! BBQ & Seafood is thrilled to serve as a Toys for Tots drop off location for the first year. The success of the organization’s efforts depends on the support of the local community and the generosity of people who donate toys, and that’s why This Is It! BBQ & Seafood has joined this cause. “We need the help of our patrons to make this an enjoyable holiday season for as many children and families in our community as possible,” said Shelley “Butch” Anthony, CEO and Founder. Patrons may stop by the Camp Creek full-service, Panola Road, Memorial Drive, Stonecrest and Fayetteville locations to donate a new toy for infants and children up to 15 years of age. No clothing or electronics will be accepted.

Additionally, This Is It! BBQ & Seafood will give away Thanksgiving dinners to families in need from each of its eight Metro Atlanta locations. Nominators were asked to submit a 100 word essay at telling why they were nominating the family in need or themselves. Last year during the stores busy Thanksgiving holiday, This Is It! BBQ & Seafood fed over 120 people with the tremendous effort and help of its dedicated staff. Thanksgiving dinner nominations for 2013 closed on Tuesday, November 19 and families selected were notified on Friday, November 22 to arrange pickups from a store location nearest them on Thanksgiving Day.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Shelley “Butch” Anthony contact Tamecia Shaheed at 678-817-7757 or tshaheed(at)thisisitbbq(dot)com.

About This Is It! BBQ and Seafood:
This Is It! BBQ and Seafood specializes in delicious southern home-style cuisine and is famous for its national award-winning barbeque Rib-Tips! For over 30 years This Is It! BBQ & Seafood has been recognized for exceptional hospitality and service paired with the best authentic freshly made barbeque, seafood, sides, desserts, and drinks. Headquartered in Fayetteville, Georgia, “This Is It!” has several restaurant locations throughout the Metro Atlanta area offering dine-in, to-go, full service catering and delivery service. Its Camp Creek Parkway and Panola Road stores also have elegant full service banquet rooms with media capabilities. The new event center in Fayetteville recently opened in January 2013 offers spacious seating for 175 plus guests and is an ideal venue for corporate meetings and private banquets. This Is It! BBQ and Seafood restaurants have been featured on CNN, Good Day Atlanta, Better Mornings, Atlanta and Company, The New York Times, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Creative Loafing, and Atlanta Parent Magazine. The business has grown steadily while giving our Lord and Savior JESUS Christ the credit. The company remains committed to the community and gives back through sponsorships and donations. For menus and more information, please visit or call (678) 817-7757.

About Toys for Tots Foundation:
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity is the fundraising, funding and support organization for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Toys for Tots, a 65 year national charitable program, provides happiness and hope to disadvantaged children during each Christmas holiday season. The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offer these children recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime. It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community. Last year the Marine Corps fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 7.2 million less fortunate children. Since 1947 over 209 million children have been assisted. For more information, visit    


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