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Hosea Helps ensures homeless and hungry won’t go without this Christmas

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Hosea Helps CEO Elisabeth Omilami giving back to the community. (Photo courtesy of Hosea Helps)

As much as we love Christmas presents and holiday cheer, the most important reason for this season of the year is giving to others. Every year, Hosea Helps —the nonprofit organization founded by the late civil rights activist Hosea Williams — hosts holiday dinners and organizes toy and clothing drives to be of service to individuals and families in need.

“This will be our 49th annual Christmas Festival of Services at Hosea Helps,” says Elisabeth Omilami, Williams’ daughter and the organization’s CEO. “If you have any need whatsoever — food, clothing, toys, even medical assistance — [it] will be there.”

Dinner will be served on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta. Omiliami asks residents in the Atlanta metro area to direct anyone they know who is in need to come to the event.

Omiliami said she expects more than 900 volunteers to help serve dinner and encourages others to also consider volunteering their time.

To volunteer with Hosea Helps on Christmas Day or at any other time of the year, visit the website,, for information.