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Melrose Man Serves Thanksgiving To Those Who Have Nowhere Else To Go07:14

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For 30 years now, one Melrose man has been opening his Thanksgiving table to complete strangers based on one simple belief: no one should be alone for the holidays.

In 1985, Scott Macaulay's parents divorced, and he worried about where he would spend Thanksgiving. So he took an ad out in the local paper, the Melrose Free Press, offering to cook Thanksgiving dinner for 12 people. Since then, dozens of people have flocked to Macaulay's Thanksgiving table at the First Baptist Church in Melrose.

Note: This segment originally aired on Nov. 26, 2014.


Scott Macaulay, owner of Macaulay's House of Vacuum Cleaners and host of a Thanksgiving dinner at the First Baptist Church in Melrose.


WBUR: One Man's Yearly Thanksgiving Dinner For Strangers

  • "'My goal is always to have nobody sign up, 'cause that means everybody's got a place to go and everybody's OK,' he says. 'And that's what keeps me going 25 years later.'"

This segment aired on November 26, 2015.

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