Minneapolis woman continues 'Orphan Thanksgiving' tradition

Updated: November 28, 2019 06:27 PM

For many, Thanksgiving is a time to get together with family and friends, but this Minneapolis woman serves up a meal for strangers on the holiday.

For the past eight years, Catie Boardman has held an "Orphan Thanksgiving" at her apartment. 


On social media, Boardman invites anyone over who wants a Thanksgiving dinner and needs a place to go.

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"I've definitely had people who were no longer welcome at their parents' house," Boardman said. "Some people in from other countries, or people who just don't want the family drama that comes with large family gatherings."

Boardman says the few dozen people who show up are always thankful.

"I actually had to implement a rule like when you're going around and giving thanks because I got tired of everyone just being like, 'I'm thankful for you for hosting this,'" she said. "I get it. It's nice. I appreciate it, but like 37 people in, I'm bored, so you have to think of something else."

Boardman said she hopes to continue the Thanksgiving tradition in the years to come.

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