MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – This is a Thanksgiving tradition, normally heldat the Convention Center. This year, because of all that construction at the ConventionCenter, it is right here at City Hall.
Take a moment from your meal and enjoy a dessert. Because whathappened here was pretty sweet.
A few weeks ago, there was serious consideration to cancelling allof this. That’s when a Memphis Miracle of sorts happened.
According to Mayor Jim Strickland, “This event wasn’t goingto happen. People just gathered up and said look what can we do. Churches, non-profitsand businesses, volunteers. In fact, we had too many volunteers and too muchfood.”
The day Memphis came together.
Actually, this happens on a smaller scale a lot.
This was different.
Many of these folks had no place to go, no meal to eat, no family.
Loneliness is hard, especially on days traditionally spent withfamily.
“My family is out of town,” one lady told us. “Iwas alone, and I came for love and companionship and a good meal.”
She got everything she wanted. Right in front of Memphis CityHall.
People ate at tables on Main Street. Many took food to others inneed.
There are always others who need help.
“I didn’t have any place to go,” one man said, “…so I figured I would come down here with other people who have no place to go.”
We often don’t see or feel the pain of being alone. It can cripplea person spiritually and emotionally.
For a few hours on an overcast day in Downtown Memphis, however,people found others. They learned they aren’t alone, and there are people whocare.