Clearwater family hands out 89 Thanksgiving dinners

Tradition started to honor matriarch

CLEARWATER, Fla. -  With the help of the Salvation Army and other food banks, the Noyes family finds those in need.

Tara said she almost had to cancel Thanksgiving this year.

“It’s getting tough out here to make ends meet. You know holidays anymore are too expensive to do,” Tara said. 

But thanks to the Noyes family, Tara and dozens of others are leaving a Clearwater law office with everything they need for a Thanksgiving dinner.

“Stuffing, potatoes, corn, mixed fruit, yams, cranberry sauce, muffins.”

And of course the turkey.

It all started when the big family of 11 children wanted to honor their matriarch, Mary Noyes.

“Mom taught us we have two hands for a reason. One to reach out when we need help. More importantly one to give when somebody needs help,” said her son Matthew.

With the help of the Salvation Army and other food banks, the Noyes family finds those in need.

One family to match up with how old Mary would have been.

They are now up to 89 families and Monday is pick up day.

The family law office transformed into Thanksgiving central.

Some of the 30-plus grandchildren join the process.

“I know my grandmother was super generous. It’s great to be a part of it now,” said Jordan Noyes.

Tara is going to share her food and invite over some neighbors to celebrate.

“I’ve got all the ingredients. I’m going to put on the Macy’s parade. And go to town.”

Mary was a music teacher at at St. Cecelia School for 26 years and her family says she’d love everything about this tradition. 

“We know that she is looking down on us and smiling on us and telling us to keep going. It’s a great way to bond the family together. And it was really what she was all about,” says Matthew.

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