Thousands of people in need were treated to a hot holiday meal, clothing, a haircut, and several other services they normally would struggle to pay for at the Hosea Feed the Hungry Christmas Dinner.
The event, which got its start when Rev. Hosea Williams fed 100 homeless men in 1970, is now spearheaded by his daughter, Elisabeth Omilami and her husband.
"When you can't take a shower; you can't brush your teeth; you can't wash your hair; you have to wear the same pair of shoes for six months; those are things that we take for granted," said Omilami. Today, tens of thousands will reap the benefits of the event.
Some of those in need have been struggling for a while, like Jerry Holsey. He says, the haircut makes him feel better about himself and is like a new beginning.
"It's a feeling of relief, I can't afford a haircut," said Holsey.
For others in attendance, like Eula Winfrey and her daughter, this was their first year at the event.
Winfrey says she has never had to seek help before, and was thankful the Hosea Feed the Hungry event was being held.
"It fills my heart up and it feels like you've eaten a big meal and you can't eat anymore, there's so much love," said Winfrey.
Omilami says her organization strives to provide help to the homeless and those in need throughout the year, not just at Christmas and Thanksgiving.
But they could be homeless soon themselves. The headquarters for Hosea Feed the Hungry has a leaky roof, and recent rains have damaged a portion of their inventory.
Omilami says now it is she who needs the communities help.
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Thursday, March 27 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-03-28 00:56:41 GMT
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