About 500 homeless men, women and children will be warm, fed and happy this Christmas, thanks to the SoupMobile and the Dallas Omni Hotel.
The joint venture project is called the "Celebrate Jesus" event. This is the eighth year the SoupMobile has organized the extravaganza.
Early Monday morning, the guests arrived at the new downtown hotel via bus and were greeted by thousands of cheering volunteers, a red carpet, and a brass band.
Then it was off to the rooms of the Omni where guests could stretch out and relax. Some of the guests really enjoyed the downtown views.
"Christmas morning when I wake up, I want to look out that window and I want to say Merry Christmas to myself," said guest Melvin Hicks.
Thanks to corporate donations and thousands of volunteers, the Christmas guests will receive new clothes, room service, personal attention and special Christmas gifts, including toys for the children.
One of the best gifts, Hicks agrees, is the warmth with which the guests were welcomed.
"Coming off the bus and seeing the way the people greeted us was really nice because they took time out of their lives in order to be able to greet us," Hicks said. "It does a lot, because without that, I would have been alone this Christmas."
The SoupMobile is a non-profit mobile soup kitchen started by David Timothy in 2003. The SoupMobile served more than 200,000 meals to the homeless in North Texas each year. To learn more, visit www.soupmobile.org.
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