Dinner, gifts given to homeless students who attend school in Holyoke

It was inspired by a girl who wanted to get a present for a homeless girl in her class

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – An event took place in Holyoke Thursday night that really demonstrated the spirit of the season. Dozens of children received toys and a holiday dinner at the E.N. White School cafeteria.

This is the second year of helping families in need in Holyoke. Joshua Smith told 22News the event was inspired by his daughter, who came home at Christmas-time last year, and told him she wanted to get a present for a homeless girl in her class.

Smith said he went to the school and discovered how many homeless children attend school in Holyoke, and he was surprised by the number, which he did not disclose. He said, “Between family, friends and co-workers, we got every kid in the school who was homeless a gift.  So this year, we did it again, and we decided to do a little more and put together a dinner. But it was all her idea.”

Smith said he’s proud of his daughter because she wanted to help kids who were less fortunate.

All of the dishes for Thursday night’s “Helping Families in Need” pot-luck dinner were donated.

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