Once again the holiday season is upon us and for most of us that means a chance to get together with family and friends to eat drink and be merry. However, this is New York City and every year there’s a new influx of transplants from all across the country, or the world, looking to start to build a new life and make their way in the best damn city in the world.

Young or old many of their stories are the same and, for one reason or another they either can’t or won’t be able to make it back home to spend the holidays with their families. Not to mention a significant part of this transplant population consists of 20-something kids who are living away from home for the first time.

Brandon Stanton, the guy behind Humans of New York, is working on pairing people who don’t have a place to go for the holidays with families that have an extra seat at their holiday table.

For The Holidays is an annual tradition where we match up people who have nowhere to go for Christmas with people who have an extra place, or five extra places, at their table. As someone who moved to this city without knowing anybody— I know that holidays are the ABSOLUTE WORST. I think I spent my first Christmas Eve in New York at a 24 hour diner, because I didn’t have the money to go home.

HONY For The Holidays is very carefully screened and organized by my girlfriend Erin. (God bless her angelic, senior-dog-rescuing soul.) She works very hard to match people up, and makes sure that everyone is acquainted beforehand so there are no surprises. It’s a lot of work every year, so to make it easier on her, please only reply if you’ve given it some thought and are serious about participating.

So, if you find yourself having an extra seat at your table give a thought to inviting someone into your home that might otherwise be alone this holiday season.

On the other hand, if you have found yourself alone, unable to go home to see your family, and you’d rather not spend Christmas eve all by yourself in a 24-hour diner playing Christmas carols on one of those tiny jukeboxes at your booth while your tears water down your crappy cup of coffee, you can drop an email to honyfortheholidays@gmail.com.

Stanton’s girlfriend personally goes through each request and does her best to match people up who seem to be the most compatible…on paper at least.

For more information check out HONY’s Instagram here.

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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