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Christmas comes early for Montgomery's homeless

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A walk through Overlook park has a different meaning for much of Montgomery's homeless population.

"It makes me happy there is still love in the world," says Clarence Purnell.

Thanks to a group called Hope for the Forgotten, folks like Purnell now have everything from clothes to Christmas presents.

"I received a backpack, food, hot chocolate, it was a lot of gifts that was offered to me. And it was just wonderful, that's what makes me be appreciative," says Purnell.

A group of Prattville women formed the organization, hoping to help the homeless and needy individuals.

Little did they know, it would take off so quickly.

"We came down one Sunday and brought stuff from our closets and made little food packets up and man, it grew," says Founder, Melanie Hudson.

"If it weren't for them, I knew I wouldn't have [any]. By the good grace of the Lord," says Shirley Davis.

Volunteers help folks by filling out applications listing the items they need most. Then, they go shopping in the trunks of cars and trucks.

Just seeing the smiles on faces helps 11-year old Jacob Lee understand what the holidays are all about.

"I almost want to sell all my presents just to get money to buy them stuff," says Lee.

It was an eye opening and emotional experience making for a brighter holiday for those giving and getting this holiday season.

If you'd like to help out with Hope for the Forgotten, all you have to do is log on to their Facebook page.  There is a link on the Community Page of

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