Hosea Helps prepares for Thanksgiving Day tradition

Hosea Helps prepares for Thanksgiving tradition

ATLANTA -- Hosea Helps, formally known as Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, will feed thousands of people on Thanksgiving Day at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. 

Hundreds of volunteers have been preparing for the big event. With the help of 600 turkeys, they plan to help those in need during the holiday.

The organization started 47 years ago by civil rights leader Hosea Williams. His daughter, Elisabeth Omilami is making sure Hosea Helps stays true to his vision of giving back.

“People just need to feel human again. They need to feel their dignity again,” she said.

Omilami said it’s more than providing a warm plate. Those who attend the Atlanta tradition will also have other resources – medical clinic, job training and showers. Hosea Helps plans on providing resources to more than 3,000 people on Thanksgiving Day.

The volunteers are the backbone of the organization, she said. 

“We could not do it without them. And the volunteers receive more than they could ever give.”

Any given year, the organization helps forty thousand people, with a focus on homeless prevention and food scarcity.

The organization is open all year long, but the Thanksgiving Day event is today only and will be held at that Georgia World Congress Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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