Non-profit "FRAME" helping people in need for the holidays

ROANOKE, Va - For the last three years the local non-profit "Family Readiness and Military Readiness" or FRAME has been helping homeless veterans transition back into society.  One way they do that is providing warm clothes and other household items to them during the winter season.  This year they are expanding their services to help all people in need. 
 
Inside United Christian Inner City Ministries, more than 50 volunteers are serving  hot meals, organizing clothes and household items to give away to several hundred people in need.
 
"They'll start off in the front room. they are going to get clothes. they are going to get toiletries.  
they are going to get anything basically a home needs or self hygiene needs," said Elizabeth Patsel, the public relations officer for FRAME. 
 
Patsel says it's the third year "FRAME" has organized the Help the Homeless event which started originally for homeless veterans, but it's when they met mothers like Michelle Preston they realized there was a greater need. 
 
"we've come a long way because of places like this. Without them I don't know how we would have got half of the things that our family's needed," said Michelle Preston, a mother in need.   
 
Preston and her daughter McKayla stopped by the help the homeless event to pick up some toiletry items, a comforter, and clothes for her baby on the way.  She says these items make a big difference especially during the holiday season. 
 
"It's hard out here it's really hard and when you got a place like this  to come to even if it's just for a hot meal.  it's comforting," said Preston  
 
"It's mainly all community and just people coming together for a better good," said Patsel
 
Patsel says businesses and community members donated items to make the event happen,
and it's their hope the community will continue to give so they can help even more people in the future. 
 
 

 


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