After an article detailing Rineyville man Don Brown’s desire to spend Thanksgiving with a local family was published in Tuesday’s edition of The News-Enterprise, Brown’s phone seldom stopped buzzing. Brown, 69, a widowed veteran, received hundreds of invitations from families in the community and beyond.

Brown said he received more than 200 phone calls and around 150 text messages. He said he received invitations from families in 10 different states, ranging from Oregon to Louisiana.

Brown said he only expected around 10 calls.

“I’m still getting calls,” he said.

Brown said he had lunch Wednesday with a family in Buffalo and had Thanksgiving dinner with a family in Radcliff. He said he also received a visit from a local preacher Tuesday night.

Brown said he gifted each family and the preacher with an embroidered American flag and a flag pole. He said he also brought along dessert and monetary compensation for Thanksgiving dinner.

“They were the best people in the world,” Brown said. “We laughed and had a great time.”

Brown said he was humbled by the reaction to his request and hopes he created long-lasting relationships with those he met.

“This is a great community,” he said.

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or

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