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How this local restaurant served 'helpings of hope' to Forsyth County seniors, those in need
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South Forsyth High School principal Laura Wilson serves food during the “Helpings of Hope” event on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at Tam’s BackStage restaurant. - photo by Brian Paglia

In between running drinks to visitors and coordinating volunteers, Kristin Morrissey looked around the room at Tam’s BackStage restaurant and took in the scene at the annual “Helpings of Hope” event.

For Morrissey, the event signified the start of the Christmas season.

“If this doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit, nothing will,” said Morrissey, the chair of the Forsyth County Board of Education.

Morrissey was just one of more than a dozen volunteers on Monday, Dec. 2, who helped serve a holiday feast for local senior citizens and those in need that is held every year by Brian and Kelly Tam, owners of Tam’s BackStage.

On Monday, the restaurant served lunch to about 100 seniors and dinner to more than 250 people from various nonprofit organizations like Abba House, Bald Ridge Lodge, Family Haven, Jesse’s House and The Place of Forsyth County.

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Tam's BackStage restaurant held its annual "Helpings of Hope" event on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, to serve a meal for local senior citizens and those in need. - photo by Brian Paglia
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Dozens of volunteers helped serve food at "Helpings of Hope" on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at Tam's BackStage restaurant, an annual event that serves a meal to local senior citizens and those in need. - photo by Brian Paglia
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Brian Tam, co-owner of Tam’s BackStage, looks on during the restaurant’s “Helpings of Hope” event on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. - photo by Brian Paglia
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Forsyth County Coroner Lauren McDonald serves food during the “Helpings of Hope” event on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at Tam’s BackStage restaurant. - photo by Brian Paglia
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Bald Ridge Lodge executive director Heidi Snarey talks with visitors during the restaurant’s “Helpings of Hope” event on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. - photo by Brian Paglia
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Kelly Tam, co-owner of Tam’s BackStage, talks with visitors during the restaurant’s “Helpings of Hope” event on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. - photo by Brian Paglia