Christmas isn't just about receiving it's also about giving back, something Miriam's Kitchen in Foggy Bottom has been doing for DC's homeless for the past 30 years.
"Good morning everybody! Welcome to Miriam's Kitchen!
Merry Christmas!" yells Catherine Crum the Executive Director of Miriam's Kitchen.
On the menu this morning, eggs French toast and applesauce.
A delicious meal many of these men wouldn't be having if it wasn't for Nonprofit organization.
Fighting addiction Guy Weeks spends his nights on the streets of DC. With below freezing temperatures last night this is his first chance to get warm this Christmas morning.
"Very important to come here and get out of the cold number one, number two get breakfast," explains Weeks.
Many are of course missing family this Christmas including Rich who has been living on the streets for a long time. But instead of focusing on the negative he is celebrating something.
"Today I have 24 months 24 days clean of alcohol and drugs," says a beaming Rich.
He's That much closer to being off the streets and in a place of his own, he says it's because of Miriam's.
"If you are on the streets you have to worry about who is going to come and when. I don't worry about that coming here."
Thanks to the generosity of volunteers, area farmers markets and even the White House Garden Miriam's serves up two meals a day 5 days a week.
But they do even more than that; they are here to help in a variety of ways housing, health and addiction problems and veterans benefits. All with the ultimate goal of getting all of DC's homeless permanently off the street.
"When we put them in a warm friendly environment that gives us the opportunity to build relationships and our case managers can step in and provide the services they may need the most," explains Tom Murphy the Communications Director.
Willing to help in any way they can to get even one person out of the cold, Miriam's kitchen is a reminder of what this holiday season is truly about.
"It makes you realize just how fortunate you really are. You are paying it back and paying it forward" says a volunteer.
For more information on how you can help: miriamskitchen.org.
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