The weather feels especially cold for the rising number of homeless in the Hub City. Experts say each night more than 300 people in Lubbock do not sleep inside. But some are offering help, and it comes in the form of a Friday night barbeque.
It's just after 6 p.m. Friday night and Jacob Finley, Lloyd Holder and friends set up for a cook out outside the Mahon Library in downtown Lubbock. "We're cooking beef fajitas," Jacob Finely said.
Christians Finley and Holder say they had a desire to serve others. Then nearly six months ago, their search to help lead Finley to the library. "I came here with my kids and saw them lying around," Finley said. "They were lying around so we got some food."
Since that summer day, Friday night barbeques have become almost a ritual with Finely, Holder and friends paying for the food out of their own pockets. "It's simple. If I run into you and if you are hungry and I'm eating a piece of banana, I just give it to you. It is not rocket science. It's just a love for human beings," Holder said.
But Finley and Holder are dishing up more than just food there. They also are serving up hope. "It's not necessarily hopelessness, which I know there is homelessness, but hopelessness. People who have lost their kids, jobs and lost family," Holder said.
"They don't just feed you, they sit there and talk to you, ask you how you are doing," Beth Miller said.
Miller is just 22 years old and homeless. Miller says she left an abusive marriage in Arizona and in her search for help, she landed here in Lubbock. But Miller says there is hope and it's evidenced in the food, prayer and friendship she finds nearly every Friday night outside the Mahon Library. "It shows someone cares about people less fortunate. You never know, you could wake up tomorrow and you could be homeless," Miller said.
If you would like to help, Finley says just come down to the Mahon Library Friday nights at 6 p.m.
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