Event Gives Homeless Hope for the Holidays

The event was called Hope for the Holidays and it used different services and dozens of volunteers to spread some holiday joy to Texomans in need.

People packed this room at the wichita falls public library for one reason; hope.

"Things like this always give you hope cause you see the goodness in people come out like this and that's what America needs a lot of right now," says Charlie Perrigo who is homeless.

It's the 7th annual Hope for the Holidays, an event to provide the area's more than 200 homeless residents with a variety of information.

From government services to the essential shoes and clothes.

Much of this event was manned by volunteers from Sheppard Air Force Base.

"Everybody's generous during this time of season. I just want to be able to contribute. I really like volunteering, myself, it's in my nature," says T.Sgt.. William Washburn, a volunteer from Sheppard Air Force Base.

While this event helped prepare folks for the winter, recent warm weather had coordinators worrying.

But that concern quickly ended.

"There was a line that was actually curling around the building to start. So, that was certainly an encouraging sign, as far as attendance, says Brett Moyer, spokesperson for Hope for the Holidays.

A free lunch was provided as well as time to connect with loved ones... compliments of a local cell phone company.

And those who attended say all of the help and handouts truly gave them hope for the holidays.

"If we have to go on the road and hitch hike or something we've got stuff now. We've got water bottles. We've got things that help a lot now," says Perrigo.

The coats, scarves, gloves and other winter items folks received today will certainly come in handy next week when a blast of cold weather is expected to move into the area.

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