Single Mom Invites 60 Strangers To Christmas Dinner So They Don't Have To Be Alone

December 27, 2017

When a young single mother overheard another woman saying that she hates this time of year because she feels lonely, she decided to do something about it.

single mom invites 60 people to dinner Christmas
Credit: Greenock Telegraph

Taylor Barnes, 22, of Greenock, Scotland, organized a Christmas dinner for 60 strangers that included a three-course meal, presents, and live music.

"I had been thinking about Christmas Day, because me and my wee girl were going to be lonely this year as I don't really have support," Barnes told the Daily Record.

"Then I heard this woman saying that she hates this time of year because she remembers how lonely she is. I was quite upset. I couldn't sleep that night. I went online looking for ideas of what I could do. Then the idea for the Christmas dinner just popped into my head. I thought it would be great to have a community event to bring other people who will be on their own together."

She launched an appeal online and was soon inundated with responses.

The owners of a local steakhouse saw the post and offered to host and cook for the party.

"We even had a singer come along so people were having a singsong and a dance," Barnes said. "People donated all the stuff, so it was a real community effort."

"There's a lot of really good people out there."

single mom invites 60 people to dinner Christmas
Credit: Greenock Telegraph

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