While the holidays are filled with gifts and quality time with loved ones, they also offer opportunities to give back. Earlier this month, Nina Compton served a holiday feast to the mentees of Son of A Saint, a nonprofit that provides support to young men who have lost their fathers to violence or incarceration. The organization offers mentorship, mental health services, tuition assistance, and career development programming.
The Compère Lapin chef simply wanted to spread holiday cheer during a time that may be difficult for some of the members. In a press release, Compton said: "The holidays are filled with family, happiness, and joy. I wanted to spread some cheer through my cooking for the boys of Son of A Saint, as it is important to bring them together like a family — because they are."
The Christmas dinner took place on Monday, December 9, with both the mentors and young boys in attendance. Following the meal at Felicity Church, the Son of A Saint mentees received gifts from the organization.
Most boys join between the ages of 10 and 12, and participate until they are 21-years-old. "We currently have 100 boys in the program but our plan is to grow to 200 young men enrolled by January 2021. Our growth depends on funding and more mentors," founder Bivian "Sonny" Lee III told Adore.
More information on Son of A Saint can be found here.