Dallas group gives homeless opulent Christmas


Associated Press

Posted on December 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

DALLAS (AP) — Hundreds of homeless people in Dallas will spend Christmas Eve like Cinderella at the ball.

Some 500 homeless people will be wined and dined on Christmas Eve at the plush Omni Dallas Hotel after walking across a red carpet, the Dallas Morning News (http://dallasne.ws/UPDfu3 ) reported Saturday. As they munch on a three-course lunch that will include short ribs and warm chocolate cake, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet will serenade them. Mayor Mike Rawlings will serve as head waiter.

The annual holiday event coordinated by the nonprofit SoupMobile began in 2005, but this year was a close call. In past years, the homeless were treated to a special evening at the Hyatt Regency, but a major renovation at the hotel meant that venue wasn't available.

"There looked like there would be no room at the inn for 2012," said David Timothy, executive director of SoupMobile.

The Omni eventually agreed to deep discounts in its prices so SoupMobile could hold the event there.

"I love the idea that we can take the homeless to the city's hotel and treat them like kings and queens," Timothy said.

The day will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Christmas Eve, when buses drop people off at the Omni. They will walk across a red carpet as volunteers cheer them on.

It's "just like the Academy Awards," Timothy said.

When they sit to dine, the mayor will, for the second time, wait on their tables.

"He will come not to be served, but to serve," Timothy said.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com