HYANNIS – Many people are taking the opportunity this Thanksgiving to think of those less fortunate.
But volunteers will be taking the next step, by staffing the NOAH shelter in Hyannis on Thanksgiving to provide a warm free Thanksgiving meal to people who are homeless.
NOAH director Greg Bar said staff members volunteered to start the new tradition.
“We have some staff members who actually want to come in and make Thanksgiving dinner, so they’re going to handle it. We have a few volunteers who are going to come in and lend their hands to serve,” he said.
The shelter is open 365 days a year. Typically Thanksgiving is like any other day at the shelter, offering a bed and two meals a day to those in need.
Bar said Thanksgiving has special challenges for those who are homeless.
“When you’re on the street, when you’re homeless, when you have no money. You’re not thinking all that much of how can I make my Thanksgiving special, it’s more like, how can I make it through this day and that’s what NOAH is here for,” he said.