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According to Fox 28, dozens of families and volunteers hit the streets to brighten hearts, and their selfless acts may inspire all of us to give to others.

For the fifth straight year, Hazel’s House of Hope has organized a Christmas giveaway to help those in need.

This year, 135 families received Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas brunch and gifts for the children.

“It’s a blessing,” neighbor Michelle Flemister said.

East Morrill Avenue on Columbus’ Southside is ground zero. After neighborhood door-to-door delivery, the back alley behind Hazel’s House of Hope becomes a long loading line.

“We just wanted to come down and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and make sure our kids see the great things that the Hazel’s House does,” volunteer Shannon Puhl said. “We want to let them experience what it is to give.”

The outreach group is privately funded, depending on volunteers and donations. Organizers have spent weeks mapping out a plan to make a difference.

“It’s a selfie-centered world,” executive director Jacob Thompson said. “So turn that camera around and start helping other people.”

“There are lots of dealers, but we’re hope dealers,” executive director Amara Thompson said.

For more information about Hazel’s House of Hope, visit the group’s website: