Many of you know and love the local restaurant, The Second Line, owned by Kelly English. What you may not know is that this restaurant goes above and beyond to spread the love on New Year’s Day every single year — and this year was no different. This story is just a reminder of how special the 901 truly is!

On January 1, 2020, Kelly English, the Second Line team and lots of volunteers served busloads of homeless neighbors. They were able to get cleaned up, eat a warm meal, pick out warm clothing and receive medical care.

Dozens of people are pictured here waiting to volunteer and help the Memphis community. Image: The Second Line

Dozens of people are pictured here waiting to volunteer and help the Memphis community. Image: The Second Line

Getting all groomed up! Image: Second Line

Getting all groomed up! Image: The Second Line

They got to enjoy a tasty breakfast meal! Image: Second Line

They got to enjoy a tasty breakfast meal! | Image: The Second Line

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Here is a volunteer giving out every day necessities. Image: Second Line

Here is a volunteer giving out everyday necessities. Image: The Second Line

Happy Glaze Donuts even made an appearance! Image: Second Line

Happy Glaze Donuts even made an appearance! Image: The Second Line

The Memphis Fire Department helped hand out goods and clothing. Image: Second Line

The Memphis Fire Department helped hand out goods and clothing. Image: The Second Line

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Along with all of the volunteers, The Second Line thanks:

  • MATA for providing buses and drivers to pick up and take back
  • The Memphis Fire Department and other city officials who came to serve and Rick Keith for his leadership and wisdom
  • Happy Glaze Donuts for parking their donut truck outside and handing out hot donuts
  • Circuit Playhouse and Whitney Jo for lending space to both store and sort donated clothing
  • Mahaffey Fabric Structures for the use of the patio tent for the barbers to cut hair
  • All of the barbers who came and changed appearances both in hair length and smiles
  • Horseshoe Tunica for donating dozens of blankets
  • Ben E. Keith Foods Mid-South for donating food for the event
  • Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital for sending nurses
  • Steve & Sylvia Richey (Iris Restaurant Group part owners) for not just helping with the finances, but helping serve food and making sure all the bacon was crispy enough
  • Caleb Sigler Creates for organizing, leading and promoting the event
  • Meghan Heimke for all her work leading up to the event
  • Orca Printing for printing the tags for all of the bags 

We hope this story offers a small reminder of how big the hearts of Memphis truly are. We are so thankful to live in this city!

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