“I couldn’t imagine being hungry or being homeless,” she said. “I just felt for him, and I lost it. I was in my car and I cried.”
Brown, whose mother died in January, was worried about how to spend the holidays. Her experience with the man at the local general store convinced her to try for a food drive and a dinner to feed the homeless and elderly on Christmas Eve. She set up a Facebook page, which took off with support.
“I put it out there and people jumped on board,” she said. “… People just started talking about it. I started getting friend requests and friends starting inviting their friends.”
Over Three hundred homeless people and seniors showed up to be fed at the free dinner, with 50 more food boxes handed out. It included turkey and ham and all sides, all the hallmarks of an American Christmas Music will be played and attendants were even treated to a local Santa Claus
Brown, 31, was born and raised in Roseburg. The stay-at-home mother-of-four has dabbled in career work helping other people, such as a stint with the Southern Oregon Regional Brokerage, the support service for adults with disabilities. She also took care of her mother from 2008 to 2014.
“I’m really big on paying it forward, there’s no other way to put it other than I love to help people,” she said.
We may be a bit overdue on recognizing this kind of Christmas Spirit, but it certainly deserves recognition. Thank you Chesley for all of your hard work in making the holidays so much brighter for so many. We are proud to call you an Everyday hero.
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