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Clara White Mission feeds the city

7:19 PM, Nov 18, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ashley Street was closed Sunday in front of the Clara White Mission in downtown Jacksonville for the 17th annual Feed the City. 

An outdoor dining room set up in the street to feed more than 1,500 homeless and low income people turkey and dressing and much more.

The event to marked 108 years of service by the Clara White Mission.

"It also shows that people care and that is the main thing, we ask our community to step up, and make a difference in the community and today is a testament to that," said Ju'Dcoby Pittman-Peele, president of the Clara White Mission.

Two-hundred-fifty-five volunteers were there to make it happen, serving food and drink, providing used clothing and toiletries, and stylists giving free haircuts.

Isaac Bell, a young child, got a hair cut and his aunt, Bob-Bye Bell, was appreciative.

"It saves money, it saves money, money can still be in my pocket," Bob-Bye Bell said.

Kris Mattson was volunteering for her 18th straight "Feed the City." She's participated with the event since it began.

" I don't see colors or backgrounds or anything like that I just see people, they have a neeed and i can help with that need. I feel I get more out of it than I am giving for me it is a fun day," Mattson said.

Lukisha Jones said she was once homeless. She and her husband came out for the 6th year in a row, she calls it a beautiful thing they do and it brings people closer together.

"It's a nice atmosphere, it is friendly and makes you feel important, like you have family, for those who don;t have family here and I don't, it's nice," said Jones.

Clara White Mission isn't finished giving this week. The mission is working on providing 1,500 families with Thanksgiving meals for the upcoming holiday. They are asking anyone who can provide a turkey or financial help to the mission to step up again
and help, just as so many did on Sunday.

First Coast News