Local restaurant helping out for the holidays

It was an idea Jeff Bray thought of last summer: throw a big Christmas benefit to help those less fortunate in the community.
On Saturday, Dec. 20, Bray’s idea will come to fruition with the “Last Chance to Help – The Benefit,” at his restaurant at 908 E. Main in Richmond.
The benefit features live music by the Selle Brothers Band, an all-you-can-eat appetizer buffet and silent auction of donated items. The cost is $10 per person. Proceeds for the benefit go towards Jeffrey Kyle’s Family Grill and Buffet’s 1st Christmas for Kids and Family, where 200 local people in need will be provided a Christmas Eve dinner, gifts for children and household items for parents. Large families, single parents, families coping with illness or who have experienced tragedy are invited to call Bray and his wife, Traci, to make reservations for the dinner at 816-228-2982.
Bray and his family have known their own tragedies. Their young son, Jeffrey Kyle, died Christmas Eve of 2006. Six months later, fire destroyed their former restaurant, The Mushroom Patch. Bray said during the construction process of their new restaurant, named after their son, he gained an inner strength.
“He helped me get through it. Afterwards, the fire was no big deal. He is the driving force of this [benefit and dinner],” Bray said.
Bray said his goal is to have a fun Christmas party annually to help local families.
“A lot of people don’t know how bad it is for people. It’s pretty horrible. Jobs are getting harder to find,” he said.
Jeffrey Kyle’s Christmas for kids and families
The benefit:
Saturday Dec. 20,
7:30 p.m. Cost is $10
The dinner:
Wednesday Dec. 24
1 p.m.
To make reservations call 816-288-2982.
The restaurant is currently collecting toys and donations until Dec. 24. Bins for clothing and toys are located in the banquet room.

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