The holidays are all well and good until your flight gets cancelled or your Metro-North train bursts into flames and you're stuck spending them alone—a grown-ass, sweater vest-wearing orphan marooned in your own living room with the dust bunnies.

Humans of New York's Brandon Stanton understands that particular brand of loneliness, and is once again hooking up isolated New Yorkers with families or friends who are like family who happen to have an extra spot at their table. It's really sweet:

I think I spent my first Christmas Eve in New York at a 24 hour diner, because I didn't have the money to go home. If you think you're heading for a similar situation this Christmas, get in touch, and we'll set you up with some great food and good company. (Don't be shy—this doesn't mean you don't have any friends. It just means that circumstances have conspired against you for the holidays.) And if you already have a happy holiday planned, please consider making room for one extra person.

The match-ups are made not by a soulless Tinderbot (which would be..neat?) but by Stanton's girlfriend, Erin, who screens and connects each participant with the makeshift family she feels will suit them best.

If you don't want to pass the holiday alone under your couch, email

If you'd like a place at a table, write GUEST in the subject line.

If you have a place at the table, write HOST in the subject line.

Include your approximate location and some information about yourself. (Example content: "If I see a cat I WILL try to eat it!" and "I HATE old people!")

Stanton also notes that "last year we had almost 100 matches and nobody had a bad experience." So there!