Good Samaritans keep annual tradition of caring for homeless on Christmas

Antionette Lee
December 25, 2018 - 5:14 pm
Helen Ober and her family distribute clothing and other items to homeless people in Center City every year on Christmas Day.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A group of good Samaritans in Center City displayed what the spirit of Christmas is really about in our City of Brotherly Love.

Helen Ober and her husband parked their car on JFK Boulevard near 15th Street after a long drive into the city. Homeless people in the area flocked to the car as they began handing out free items from their trunk.

"This is the third year we've done this," said Ober. "Our children are grown, so Christmas morning three years ago we said, I have a lot of blankets and we're not using them, and gloves and hats, so we said, 'Let's just drive into the city and give them away.' "

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This year, Ober used social media and created a Facebook page to gather the heap of clothing and winter necessities. 

"Christmas is all about love, gratitude and giving, and I'm very grateful for all I have," she said, "so for those who may not have as much, I'm happy to do something for them."

William Daniels, who received a few pieces of clothing, said the favor was much appreciated.

"It brightened up my day and I appreciate the people who brought it out," he said. "And I would like to say happy holidays to everyone."