by Don Ford

BERKELEY (KPIX) — Some Oakland teens banded together on Thursday to provide a unique Thanksgiving meal for the homeless.

Students from the Oakland School for the Arts assembled a formal dining area next to a local homeless encampment.

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The organizers went all out and brought in fresh linen, china, glassware and — of course — a delicious meal.

The guests took some time to trust the organizers enough to come out but, soon enough, the tables filled up.

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One man named Chris, who lives in a tent nearby was enthusiastic.

“I was going to go to Denny’s but this beats Denny’s by a long shot,” he said.

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The performing arts students also sang for the guests as they ate their meal.