Homeless teens in Las Vegas had an opportunity to feast and take in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday.
The staff at Brio Tuscan Grille in Town Square opened the restaurant -- that is normally shut down for the holidays -- to the kids at the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center.
Before they boarded a bus to go to the restaurant, the youth spent hours putting on makeup and their best outfits.
"It's about as much food as I would have when I was at home," said Marion Tomlin, youth enjoying the Thanksgiving feast at Brio.
Advocates for homeless youth say the experience is priceless for some of the kids who've never had the chance to sit down for a holiday meal with their family.
"I think it really shows them that the community is interested in them and that these people are taking time out of their holidays to spend the day with our kids," said Kelly Robson, Help of Southern Nevada.
Shannon West Homeless Youth Center currently houses close to 60 teens and young adults who don't have a place to call home. It also offers the resource they need to get them back into school or a career.
Tomlin, who's 22-years-old, says this time last year he was in jail. He says he's thankful the community stepped up to help him get a brighter future.
"This is more of a reason to get out there and be successful and do what we have to do to live the life we want to live," Tomlin said.
In addition to Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, Brio also donated thanksgiving meals to more than 150 local veterans on Thanksgiving.
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