Lending a helping hand in Youngstown

LENDING A HELPING HAND
Open Arms Community Outreach set up tables full of food for those in need in Youngstown on Saturday.

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A non-profit held a Fourth of July celebration for low-income and homeless people on Saturday.

Open Arms Community Outreach set up tables full of food for those in need. People had their choice of sloppy joes or a sack lunch.

The non-profit holds events like this every other Saturday in the parking lot across from Saint Vincent DePaul in Youngstown.

“Response from the public has been incredible. We started, my wife and I started one year ago, June 15th with one six-foot table, our own clothing, our own personal care items and our sack lunches, and now we have five and six, six-foot tables,” said Wayne Murray.

Murray said the organization sometimes they serves as many as 200 people.

Four area churches help out with the outreach.

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