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20-Year-Old Single Mom Who Grew Up in Foster Care Invites 60 Strangers So They’re Not Alone on Christmas

A young single mother who hated the idea of being alone on Christmas invited 60 strangers to dinner so they would have company, The Daily Record reports.

Taylor Barnes, 20, invited homeless people, refugees, retirees, and other single moms to her Christmas dinner.

Barnes grew up in the foster care system. She says she came up with the idea when she heard a woman on a bus complaining that Christmas makes her feel lonely.

Barners, who has a one-year-old daughter, told The Daily Record, “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.”

“Then I heard this woman saying that she hates this time of year because she remembers how lonely she is,” she said. “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,” she said. “I thought it would be great to have a community event to bring other people who will be on their own together.”

Barnes, who is studying to be a nurse, posted a message online and was overwhelmed by the response.

“It has been amazing. I didn’t know I would get such a good response,” she said. “And it has all happened so quickly – it has only taken me four weeks to plan the whole thing.”

Thomas Compston, the owner of a steakhouse, saw Barnes’ post and decided to open his restaurant and cook for her guests.

“When I saw Taylor’s post, I thought it was a great idea to do something for the community,” he said. “We supplied the premises and I and Laura cooked for them.”

All her guests got a three-course meal and she even arranged for transportation for disabled guests. She also raised $600 to buy presents for everyone who came.

“I took the money I raised and went to Boots and bought lots of lovely gift sets,” she said. “And I spent some of my own money buying presents for the kids. I bought some Spider-Man toys, Lego, Baby Born dolls and Nerf guns, just so the kids had something nice to open.”

“It was an absolutely great day and everyone had a wonderful time,” added Compston. “It all went very smoothly. We even had a singer come along so people were having a singsong and a dance. People donated all the stuff, so it was a real community effort. It was really good and a heartwarming thing to do.”