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Bakersfield Homeless Center meal is about thanks, giving

BY STEVE LEVIN The Bakersfield Californian
Sunday, Nov 23 2014 06:23 PM

What made the Thanksgiving meal Sunday at the Bakersfield Homeless Center special wasn't the turkey, ham, fixings and pies.

Nor was it the volunteers serving food, bussing tables or checking in the hundreds of adults and kids waiting for seats.

The beauty of the day was that attorneys and business owners mixed with the homeless and their children, and everyone was just ... people.

No societal strata. No marginalizing. Just a caring community.

"What makes it different is people coming together," said Dion Laws, 41, who has lived at the center with his 8-year-old daughter Lanaya for five months.


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