Raleigh woman's goal to help homeless on Christmas $2K short

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RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Evelyn Murray, the owner of Briggs Hardware, is trying to bring a warm, healthy meal to every homeless person who can't make it to a shelter this Christmas. She's also aiming to give one toy for the child of every homeless parent. Just days away from Christmas, she's $2,000 away from that goal.

Now, she's calling on the community for help.

"These are the children that don't eat when school's out," Murray said. "Their parents don't take them to the shelters or soup kitchens. They go hungry for days on end and that's who we try to reach, and this year we are just simply not able to do it."

Murray said some of the kids have never even eaten a Christmas cookie or candy cane, but what surprised her most is the children's Christmas wishes for healthy food.

"I asked three of the little girls what they wanted for Christmas, one of them asked for a salad with ranch dressing, the other asked for broccoli with cheese, and the other asked for fruit," Murray said. "And I think in America, especially in this great city of Raleigh, we could at least provide that for Christmas."

Murray and her team of helpers are accepting money, toy and food donations at Briggs Hardware at 111 East Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh.

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