NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Residents at local assisted living home who would normally spend the holidays alone, received a free Christmas dinner thanks to one fraternity organization.
Members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorportated's graduate chapter in Nashville spent their afternoon serving a meal to residents at Hadley Park Towers. The annual event started nearly 27 years ago and at first only provided a Thanksgiving meal but after the event grew, they provided a Christmas meal as well.
"All too often, when people say they have given a Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner they do it the day after or the day before. We say 'no, that's not going to work.' The day of," member Harold Turks said.
Clarence Nabaa who is the chapter's vice president said he first started catering for the event when he use to own a restaurant.
"I believe our life should be built on service, service to one another and not only our families and our extended families but our communities. I firmly believe that our elderly we got to appreciate them and we ought to admire and respect them because they paved the way for us to be here today," Nabaa said.
More than 120 residents were fed.
"They enjoy coming and they mingle and they just have fun. Christmas means just come together and just love each other," resident Joyce Campbell said.
The fraternity members said they look to continue the annual holiday service for many years to come.