Friday, December 26, 2003

Hume Fogg Spanish Honor Society serves Christmas gifts, meal to Hispanic homeless

"Students helped prepare and serve a feast of traditional Mexican dishes to about 35 men at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church downtown. They also gave each man a gift bag of snacks, toiletries, socks, underwear, gloves and at least one 60-minute international phone card."

"Yesterday's holiday meal is a slight twist on something that happens every week at the church on the corner of Sixth Avenue South and Lafayette Street."

"For three years, the church has worked with other downtown entities to provide a meal and a Spanish-language movie and church service for homeless Hispanic men and women."

"Judy Grace, coordinator of the event that usually happens Wednesdays, said it's a way to reach out to the homeless who struggle because of their limited English skills."

"Sally Dye, a Hume-Fogg senior, said the men she talked to in Spanish were happy and appreciative."

"'We can understand them, and they can understand us,' said Sally, 17."

"'A lot of people are coming over here for a better life, and I think it's important that we show them we care that they are here.'"

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