Ministry serving Philly's homeless says they need a holiday miracle

Chosen 300 Ministries volunteers.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Hundreds of homeless people in Philadelphia gather for a hot meal three times a week at the Chosen 300 Ministries no matter the holiday or the weather, but the ones that give help are now in need of assistance.

For more than 20 years, Brian Jenkins of Chosen 300 Ministries has served about 150,000 meals a year and other services, such as career or expungement help, to the people who need it the most.

But with a drop in donations, the organization has been struggling. 

"A lot of organizations are down anywhere from five to seven percent. I know we're down about $35,000 in revenues this year," Jenkins said. 

Now, they're the ones who need help to keep going. 

"We're currently at a $28,000 deficit, and we actually have to clear that in a week," he added. 

On Christmas, nearly 100 people packed the house for a hot meal. Jenkins is hoping that people will feel the holiday spirit and give to the organization that has given so much to so many like Troy Smith.

"I really appreciate this place, because it's helped me out a lot," Smith said. 

Jenkins says people can help by donating on the website, donating on Cashapp at $chosen300 or by sending a check before Dec. 31.