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Christmas Block Party For The Homeless

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(Memphis) On this day of giving, volunteers gathered on a street corner downtown to give the homeless something to celebrate. It included food, music, and dancing.

The House of Mtenzi made sure no one was forgotten this Christmas.

The best way to describe the event was a Christmas Day block party.

Christmas is often all about the people, having friends and family to laugh with, but for those whose families are gone, like Novell Campbell’s, he got a hot soup and a serving of happiness on the corner of Claybrook and Madison.

“I got some stone love Cajun Christmas love right here,” said Campbell.

“Today, we are actually feeding and clothing the homeless,” said James Branch with the Coalition of Forgotten Souls.

On Christmas morning, warm clothes were laid out and the music turned-up to let people know there are no forgotten souls.

“The forgotten souls are the ones we don`t think about but we see every day, the people we drive past and say that we want to help out but we don`t,” said Branch.

Wednesday, the homeless were the guests, invited by those giving back, yet also cherishing the company.

“It’s Christmas morning and my family is all grown up and I don't have a family to wake up to on Christmas morning,” said Steve Conn, a local geneticist.  “This seemed like a logical thing to do, to give back a little bit.”

“One young man in a wheelchair, I asked him what he needed and he said he had everything he needed expect one thing - a hug. And I gave him a hug and he said, ‘Now I have everything I need,'” said volunteer Rachel Lawson.

Sometimes, everything you need can be found in a parking lot.

The House of Mtenzi that put on this event says it collects clothes and other items for the homeless all year round, and it needs donations. It says you can drop by anytime at 1289 Madison.