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Agencies offering a helping hand

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Hoodie's House of Hope for Youth and Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Activities League teamed up to give some relief to the homeless, elderly and under served.

Jeff Hood organized the event. About 300 people packed the Greenville Recreation Center for a post holiday meal.

"I want them to come today," Hood said. "And kind of put all of that aside for four or five hours and just focus on - you are still on this side of the dirt and still alive."

Not only was a meal offered, but they were given a safe and secure environment to play games, watch TV, get clothing, and a fresh haircut.

"It's always nice to know that someone is offering a helping hand," Participant Lashawynda Smith said. "And to others you know. We are all struggling this time of year."

The event cost about $10,000. Sponsors made it all happen. People who showed up were glad the police were involved in this event.

"It builds the bond between the police department and neighborhood," Smith said. "Keeps the communication line open so everybody feels free to talk to them about what's going on."

This was the first time for this type of fellowship and organizers say it won't be the last.

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