500 homeless receive early Thanksgiving in Dallas

DALLAS (1080 KRLD)- Five hundred people living in homelessness received an early Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday in Dallas. Our Calling hosted the dinner with food provided by Norma's Cafe.

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"People are just excited to be face-to-face, and not only just to see people, but to sit down and break bread," says Our Calling Founder Wayne Walker. "Sitting down and having a meal with someone is kind of a spiritual event. You get to know someone on a more intimate level."

Last year's event was canceled due to the pandemic. Walker says providing a place where individuals and families experiencing homeless can spend time with others who have the same perspective.

"It's a great healing moment," he says. "Our whole country's being torn apart by hate and all this other craziness. But here, you've got people on different ends of the socio-economic world, people of different races and different ethnicities sitting down, laughing together, having a meal together and encouraging each other."

The food was served by 250 volunteers.

"We try to meet with our own family other weekends of the year, but this is our chance to serve others," says Zana Wallace, who says she and her family have volunteered at Our Calling the past six years.

"This is actually my first Thanksgiving, but I've heard so many stories," says volunteer Tierra Williams. "It's a good thing being able to fellowship. It's awesome."

Walker says Our Calling has served more people in 2021 than in 2020 and 2019 combined. He says different non-profits are working together along with the City of Dallas to reach out to people who are homeless to provide an array of services that can help them settle into a permanent place to live.

"We always get calls from people at Thanksgiving and Christmas. They want to volunteer, they want to serve," he says. "We just want to remind people homelessness exists every single day."

After serving dinner, individuals and families could stay to watch holiday-themed movies.

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