The Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church in Macon was buzzing Tuesday night with about 250 homeless and needy people.
They were the guests at the Mentor's Project 15th annual Christmas Party for the Homeless.
Mentor's Project director June O'Neal says the event had several sponsors: Macon State University, Georgia Power, the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank, First Baptist Church, St. Paul's Episcopal, Christ Church, St. James Episcopal, Martha Bowman United Methodist, North Minster Presbyterian, Maggie Bayer Project, St. Andrews Presbyterian, and First Presbyterian, which provided cooks and the venue for the event.
Mentors, mentees, and other volunteers served a hot meal to about 250 people, and handed out gift bags with warm jackets, wool blankets, and personal care items.
"These people are giving their hearts to the homeless people, and you know something, it's very special," said Jessie Elliot, who has been homeless for 22 years.
O'Neal says the event gave students with the Mentor's Project a chance to learn the value of public service. But she says there are 68 other children on a waiting list for mentors. She says anyone interest in mentoring can get in touch with the program at (478) 765-8624.