ATLANTA - A local family's effort to help the less fortunate during Thanksgiving is growing so large, they needed two trailers to deliver it.
Ron Mowen's family started handing out goods for the homeless five years ago after they realized there was a problem in downtown Atlanta. Since then, it's become a family affair to help others.
Hundreds of homeless men and women, even some with children, congregated at Pryor and Memorial to get items for personal comfort this Thanksgiving.
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“The ground gets cold, so at night you kinda need something,” said Nate Akers, who’s been homeless for 10 years and lives under a highway bridge nearby. He came out to grab some clothes for both him and the other people who camp out beside him.
“I’m receiving a blessing,” he told Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez.
He isn’t the only person who feels like they received a blessing this holiday.
Cherry Hall, who’s a Lyft driver and has been homeless on and off since 2005, was also grateful.
"It makes you smile and feel better. I think they’re great, God-loving people,” she said.
Mowen's family recruited their closest friends to help them help others with two trailers full of goods.
“Anything we can do to make them feel comfortable. The folks out here just need a little help,” he said. “We do a lot of blankets, sleeping bags, coats, clothing, thermal underwear.”
They spent the day dedicated to sharing time with family, helping those who are less fortunate. In the process, their hope is that their young children learn a lesson in giving back.
"I want to install values in my children in hopes that they realize not everybody has it as well off as they do," he said.
The family told Jaquez they want to come back and host the same event for Christmas but need your help. If you'd like to donate to help them raise money for supplies, click here.