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US Man Receives Hundreds of Responses After Inviting Complete Strangers to Thanksgiving Meal

20:41  25 november  2021
20:41  25 november  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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A heart attack survivor from North Carolina is set to celebrate Thanksgiving with a group of strangers, after receiving over 400 responses to his online invite.

Stock image of a Thanksgiving meal. © Getty Images Stock image of a Thanksgiving meal.

Raleigh resident Brian Davis decided this year was the year to give back and so he took to his Nextdoor app to see if anyone needed somewhere to spend Thanksgiving, as reported by ABC11.

The app allows neighbors to connect with one another based on their location, sharing information and communicating.

Generally, residents use the social media app to post neighborhood updates, missing and found pets and items, reporting suspicious activity, and more.

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But, Davis used the app to ask local individuals if they wanted to spend Thanksgiving with him—whether they knew him or not.

"I have great friends and would like to invite anyone, families included, to share a meal with my friends," read part of the invite, as per ABC11

Despite expecting just a handful of responses, the Raleigh local received over 400-plus. "I don't have a lot, but whatever I have, I'm willing to give," he told ABC11.

Now, Davis is expecting four complete strangers to join him at his home for Thanksgiving today.

"It means everything. I want to be able to give back and serve," he said. "If that means money, time or bending my ear."

It was Davis' health scare in the form of a heart attack earlier this year that compelled him to make Thanksgiving about the giving part this time.

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"After being sick and almost passing away, I guess it's a maturation thing," he said. "For 55 years of my life, I've taken and to be able to give, it means the world to me."

"Thankyou for restoring my faith in humanity," said one respondent to Davis' invite.

Strangers becoming Thanksgiving guests is one of the internet's favorite tales, as shown by the story of Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench.

In 2016, Hinton went viral after posting the Thanksgiving invite text he accidentally received by a grandmother who texted the wrong number for her grandson.

When Hinton asked who he was speaking to, Dench said she was his grandmother but a few selfies clarified it was a case of a wrong number.

That didn't stop Hinton attending the holiday though, as he asked if he could "still get a plate."

Dench obliged, telling him "Of course you can. That's what grandmas do...feed everyone."

This year will mark the sixth year in a row Hinton has had a Thanksgiving meal with Dench and her family, and it never ceases to amaze the internet each time.

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