Shanti Das, founder of Silence the Shame, hosts annual No Reservations Needed event

It's not a hand out, it's a hand up
Founder of Silence the Shame, Shanti Das and CEO of the Atlanta Mission, Tensley Almand, with volunteers.
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Music executive and founder of Silence the Shame, Shanti Das hosted the annual No Reservations Needed, Thanksgiving dinner here in Atlanta yesterday.

In partnership with the Atlanta Mission and dozens of sponsors, Silence the Shame was able to serve over 300 men of the Atlanta Mission as well as provide them with physical activity through zumba classes and free haircuts; all in an effort to promote mental wellness.

"We just pouring love into the community," Das said.

This is the 11th year in a row Das has facilitated this event. She shared that the inspiration came to her 11 years ago when she was leaving her church and decided to buy 100 pieces of chicken from Popeyes. From there she was introduced to the Atlanta Mission in 2011 and has been putting this event on ever since.

The goals of the annual event are to "empower citizens to give back and advocate for strategies to rise above poverty, increase employment opportunities, and capture voices to strengthen communities."

If you were unable to volunteer at yesterday’s amazing event, your help is still needed. Silence the Shame needs donations to keep hosting initiatives like this, you can donate here.

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