For 33 Years, This Man Has Been Hosting Free Thanksgiving Dinner For Strangers
Thirty-three years ago, one man in Massachusetts was getting ready to suffer through a quiet and lonely Thanksgiving. Instead, he decided to invite others to join him for the holidays. Decades later, it’s become a timeless tradition that he plans to carry on for the rest of his life.
Alone For The Holidays
In 1985, Scott Macaulay was dreading spending his first Thanksgiving alone. His parents had recently split up, and no one in the family wanted to talk to anybody, let alone have dinner together. He himself was divorced, so he had no spouse to spend the holiday with. “I was looking at a pretty rotten Thanksgiving, and I absolutely hate to eat alone,” Scott admitted in an interview.
Instead of moping, Scott came up with a crazy idea. He could invite strangers to have Thanksgiving dinner with him at his church. “I knew that I couldn’t be the only one in this situation,” he said. “There had to be at least a dozen people out there who didn’t want to spend Thanksgiving Day alone.” So he took out an ad in his local newspaper and invited 12 strangers to join him for the holiday. It was a wild idea, but 12 strangers came. It soon would turn into a yearly tradition.
An Annual Feast
Since that first Thanksgiving dinner, Scott has kept this great tradition alive. Every year, he sends out an invite through the paper inviting people to make a reservation by calling his office phone number. He does all of the grocery shopping, which can cost over $1,000 for this grand feast. However, he’s happy to do it and hosts the event in the basement at Green Street Baptist Church in Melrose, Massachusetts.
Not only does Scott provide the food, but he also sets up the basement to look like an actual home. The man brings in sofas, recliners, rugs, and even a few fake fireplaces to make the basement cozier. Every year, 60 to 100 people show up to enjoy the festivities. “This isn’t about the food, though,” Scott shared. “It’s about having a place to go. Silence is unbearable, especially on Thanksgiving. My goal is always to replicate the feeling of having a nice dinner in somebody’s home.”
Making An Impact
The event has definitely had positive outcomes for hundreds of people. One year, an elderly woman even paid $200 for an ambulance to drive her to the church from her nursing home. She arrived wearing fancy clothes and admitted to Scott that she hadn’t been out in seven years. She cried tears of joy when dinner was over.
Even Scott’s divorced parents showed up one year, much to Scott’s surprise. His mother was dying of cancer, but she made amends with her ex-husband before she passed. Scott’s own ex-wife has also come for dinner with her new husband, offering to play the piano while everyone ate. So this fantastic annual Thanksgiving dinner really does bring all kinds of people together even in an unconventional way.
More in Impact
This Florida Mom’s Bird Painting Started A Hilarious Internet Chain Reaction
What started out as a fun night out with friends for Cindi Decker soon turned into a worldwide internet sensation. What...February 21, 2019
How These Dogs In Australia Have Helped Save An Adorable Penguin Population From Extinction
When foxes nearly wiped out an entire colony of little penguins in Australia, a local farmer decided to take action. Thanks...February 20, 2019
Waiter ‘Plays Wing Man’ To Save Man Struggling To Pay For Date
Sweaty palms, adjusting the tie, nervous laughter, and staring into one another’s eyes are often visible signs of a couple on...February 19, 2019
Dentist Spends Off-Hours Giving Out Blankets To Keep Stray Animals Warm During The Winter
Whether it’s growing a thick coat of fur or going into hibernation, animals can usually deal with frigid temperatures. In unusual...February 18, 2019
Popular Texas Taco Shop Owner Creates Free Coat Rack In Parking Lot To Help The Community
A woman who owns a taco shop in Texas has a heart to serve much more than amazing food. Seeing a...February 18, 2019
Legally Blind High School Basketball Player Takes One Shot All Season, And Sinks It
Clay Warner was a high school senior on the basketball team at his school. Being legally blind, he had never played...February 17, 2019
Elementary School Teacher Ignores All The Warnings In Order To Save Her Principal’s Life
At an early age, elementary school teacher Natalie Frese overcame numerous obstacles the likes of which most of us never encounter....February 17, 2019
Generous Woman Bought Hotel Rooms For Homeless During Polar Vortex in Chicago
The Polar Vortex that swept across the Midwest this winter was deadly. Residents experienced record low temperatures and positively brutal windchill....February 16, 2019
Good News For Families: Frontier Airlines Is Letting Kids 14 And Under Fly For Free
With spring and summer right around the corner, parents may already be thinking about vacationing with their families. The bad thing...February 10, 2019