CHICAGO (WBBM) — Before a day of opening presents, a few Chicago residents got together to do some good for the city’s homeless residents.
Chicago resident Donald Branch decided this Christmas — he wanted to do more to help others.
“I used to work in this building at 233 N. Michigan years ago, and I said let’s go down there and feed the homeless people that are under the building,” Branch said. “I know it’s a lot of people there, let’s go down there.”
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So he told about 700 Facebook friends that he wanted to feed them.
“I am very surprised, almost in tears, it’s overwhelming to say the least.”
For several hours, he and a group of friends and volunteers gave out food, coats and shoes to the homeless as they passed by the corner of Michigan and South Water Street.
“It’s a beautiful organization, a beautiful thing they’re doing for people and helping the guys out that really need the help,” said Michael Barnes, who’s been homeless about a year.
Leftovers were donated to the Pacific Garden Mission afterward.
Branch is also member of Fellowship Missionary Church in Chicago.