MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – This is a Thanksgiving tradition, normally held at the Convention Center. This year, because of all that construction at the Convention Center, it is right here at City Hall.
Take a moment from your meal and enjoy a dessert. Because what happened here was pretty sweet.
A few weeks ago, there was serious consideration to cancelling all of this. That’s when a Memphis Miracle of sorts happened.
According to Mayor Jim Strickland, “This event wasn’t going to happen. People just gathered up and said look what can we do. Churches, non-profits and businesses, volunteers. In fact, we had too many volunteers and too much food.”
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 with family.
“My family is out of town,” one lady told us. “I was alone, and I came for love and companionship and a good meal.”
She got everything she wanted. Right in front of Memphis City Hall.
People ate at tables on Main Street. Many took food to others in need.
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 cripple a 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 who care.