Every Thanksgiving Christopher Martins serves neighbors in need

Top News

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — They line up hours before for a warm meal, warm clothes, and warm, friendly faces.

New Haven restaurant Christopher Martins hosts its neighbors in need every year on Thanksgiving.

Related: New Haven residents, restaurant come together to help poor, homeless for Thanksgiving

“It’s amazing what people will do for other people,” said dinner guest Michael Osika. “It puts you in a good mood.”

“They’re served on china, not paper plates,” said longtime volunteer Maria Porto. “They’re served by people in black and white and bow ties, and having as much as they want. They can have seconds, they can bring leftovers and I think they feel good too.”

“Everybody enjoys coming here and the food is first class, “said Osika.

Hundreds come out for this Thanksgiving dinner every year, but it doesn’t just mean a lot to the diners, it means a lot to the volunteers. 

“Part of working here is being part of this family and chipping in to help out,” said Porto.

Volunteers like Porto are here year after year, but running show is owner Chris Vigilante’s 11-year-old daughter, Katie.

“We have a lot of volunteers, it’s a big community effort,” Katie said. She along with her siblings, cousins, and friends, are amongst the youngest volunteers.

After the feast, their guests are treated to jackets, hats, and more, all free to take. 

“It’s great to see everyone come together for the clothing, the food,” said dinner guest Michael Mills. “I’m homeless too, so this is benefitting me, too”

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

New Haven

Donations pouring in to help Waterbury homeless center that burned

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "Donations pouring in to help Waterbury homeless center that burned"

News 8 inside look at good done by The Hospitality Center

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "News 8 inside look at good done by The Hospitality Center"

O'Mardi Gras Masquerade party happening tonight for New Haven St. Patrick's Day parade

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "O'Mardi Gras Masquerade party happening tonight for New Haven St. Patrick's Day parade"

New Haven multi-car crash

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "New Haven multi-car crash"

Massive fire breaks out at Waterbury Hospitality Center

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "Massive fire breaks out at Waterbury Hospitality Center"

Web Extra: Aftermath of fire and a look at a day in the CHD Hospitality Center

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "Web Extra: Aftermath of fire and a look at a day in the CHD Hospitality Center"
More New Haven

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss