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Omni Hotel welcomes homeless guests for Christmas

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It's going to be a good Christmas for hundreds of homeless men and women staying at the Omni Hotel.

SoupMobile once again organized the annual event called "Room at the Inn."  About 500 homeless guests were treated to new clothes, a room and a banquet in their honor Tuesday, all in the name of Jesus and his birth.

"You know, Christmas is a hard time for a lot of us that are struggling and our not with our families," said Ginger Harvey, who's homeless. "So this really, really helps us."

Not only will the guests wake up in a warm bed on Christmas morning, but about 1,000 volunteers will be working to make their stay magical.

"So just imagine when those doors open and our homeless friends look out. Wow, it's Christmas. And all these people came out for us. It gives them so much hope," said Lon Ricker, director of development for SoupMobile.

SoupMobile is a mobile soup kitchen that feeds and shelters the homeless. The faith-based non-profit group serves over 200,000 meals per year and shelters the homeless in eight group homes. For more information, visit

"I was going to sit around on the street today and feel sorry for myself, so I'm so blessed to here," said Renee Caplicki, who's homeless.

"Two-thousand years ago, there was no room at the inn for baby Jesus," said David Timothy, SoupMobile Executive Director. "We can't change that, but we can do something for these people this year, and we're going to treat them to a magical Christmas."  

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