By: Melina Matthes
OMAHA (kptm) - An Omaha dry cleaner is giving back to the community.
It's a holiday tradition the owner and his family does each year.
Fox 42 News was at the Siena Francis House Wednesday evening as the Choi family passed out Christmas dinners to dozens of Omaha's homeless.
Mr. Joseph Choi has provided a Christmas meal for those staying at the Siena Francis House for 12 years. He said it's his chance to pay it forward. "I remember in high school my dad saying this year we're not going to do presents, we're going to try something new and we're gonna go and feed the homeless and at first we were like what are you talking about?"
But over the years the family grew to appreciate what their father had in mind, a chance to be there for others over the holidays. "It helps us you know, helps us sit back and think oh okay now I understand why we're doing this. It's right down the street from us so we get to help our fellow neighbors," daughter, Melissa Baumgart said.
Each year the family cooks an authentic Korean feast. They dish it up, and hand it out to the homeless in the community. "I'm just full of gratitude as are all the guests that are going to be fed tonight. This is just a great opportunity for Joseph to help us with the spirit of Christmas and holiday cheer."
A chance to spread some joy as well as fill the bellies of those less fortunate. "I love it, it's an eye opener you know for my daughter here. I bring her down the last couple years. It really helps you appreciate what you have and it really opens your heart to say thank you for what you have and how to help others," Baumgart said.
Officials at Siena Francis House said they go through 2,800 rolls of toilet paper a month they also do 5,000 loads of laundry. They said anything you can donate will help them out.
Volunteers at the Siena Francis House said they always need food at the shelter. If you would like to donate non-perishable foods, laundry detergent or paper products you can drop them off at their location near 17th and Nicholas or you can donate online. Visit www.sienafrancis.org
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