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Friends host BBQ event for homeless in OKC

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Homeless line up for food at annual BBQ event in Oklahoma City in 2016.
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- It all started in 2015 when Moore native Angie Hire smoked too much meat.

Hire and her friend Dawn Mahan-Fuller decided they wanted to use the leftover food to make sure homeless people in Oklahoma City. They set up a private event page on Facebook, and eight of their friendsjoined them to give out 100 barbeque meals, as well as clothes, coats, and gloves, in the parking lot of the Upwards Transition Center, 1134 W. Main St. in Oklahoma City.

This Sunday, the “BBQ Angels” will be back at the same location for their fourth event from1:45 – 4 p.m.

“[We] just want to help people,” said Hire. “It is just something we want to do to make a difference in the homeless problem.”

Hire said although they give any leftover food to The Jesus House or to a local church food pantry after the event, they hold the event on Sundays because that is the day most places serving the homeless do not offer hot meals.

“We couldn’t do this on our own. It takes so many to accomplish our goal and purpose of making a small dent in helping our homeless in Oklahoma City. It is a group effort,” Hire said.

Hire and Mahan-Fuller opened a public page on Facebook called, Feeding and Clothing the Homeless. Hire said more volunteers and donations are pouring in than ever before. Hire said this is the fourth event, as well as the largest, expecting to give out 300 meals this Sunday.

Hire said although her patrons were grateful for the meal, they were truly excited about the clothes and hygiene products given away.

Anyone who wants to volunteer or bring donations is welcome to attend.

Upward Transitions, once called Traveler’s Aid, is a non-profit offering case management and stabilizing resources to homeless people. It is one of the oldest non-profits in Oklahoma City.

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