Local organization gives back to homeless on Christmas

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Most are home this Christmas spending time with loved ones, but some right here in Wichita weren’t as fortunate.

That’s why Let’s Rock & Roll & Change the World spent their day making it feel like home outside, bringing family, friends and food to the homeless community.

Kimberly Sims, Co-Founder of Let’s Rock & Roll & Change the world says, “We actually plate the food up and serve those people that come to us. And they don't have to be homeless. If somebody's hungry, we're going to feed them."

Members of the organization and volunteers weren’t only serving food today. They also worked together with Paxton’s Blessing Box to stuff and give blessing bags, filled with food, clothing and hygiene items.

“We want to make sure that everyone gets something, but most of all to feel loved,” said Bob Johnson, Founder of Let’s Rock & Roll & Change the World.

The more people we talked to, the more we were told of that same message of love. A community member, Lewis Hall, says “Your family is not connected by blood. Your family is connected by love.”

Founder, Johnson, says he feels like everyone has become family. “This is my family, these are my friends. I've been doing this for 30 years, some of these people I've known for decades."

And while leaders are grateful for any help or donations this Christmas, they also want others to remember the homeless community after the holidays. “You never know where these people are going to go after that, and we're going to go back to our warm houses surrounded by family and friends, and most of them will not have that,” said Maggie Ballard with Paxton’s Blessing Box.

“Life is a struggle for all of us. To be out here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year is horrible," said Johnson.

If you’re wondering how you can help, it might be easier than you think. Johnson says, “If you see a homeless person, just don't ignore them. If you do nothing else, just acknowledge them as a human being,"

“Socialize with them a little bit, you know, interact with them, find out what's going on with them,” said Leigh Smith, a local community member.

Let’s Rock & Roll & Change the World is out at the Riverside Tennis Center every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. serving the community and say they need donations for a building as well. If you’d like to donate or volunteer, visit letsrockandrollandchangetheworld.org.

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