Homeless families get five-star treatment at Dallas hotel



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Posted on December 24, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 24 at 7:38 PM

DALLAS -- It was the kind of welcome often reserved for a superstar arriving at a fancy hotel; Red carpet, scores of people cheering, music playing.

Monday, the warm welcome was for men, women, and their children who are homeless in Dallas.

"Some of the families do have jobs, but they're not making enough money to afford an apartment or a house," said SoupMobile founder David Timothy. "We have some families that are living in their cars."

SoupMobile operates a mobile soup kitchen to feed the city's homeless and put up hundreds of people at the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel downtown.

For the next 24 hours, David Crayton and his two kids, Isaac and Sicily will be honored guests of the hotel.

"It was a little bit tough -- we had some struggle," the single father said, talking about his year. "But we managed to stay together and get through it. The Lord's will in 2013, we're going to try to get a little bit tighter, a little bit stronger, be a little bit more successful."

Crayton makes it very clear that his two kids are the love of his life.

"I try to do everything I possibly can for them," he said. "When they're happy, I'm happy."

They would no doubt be even happier once arriving at their room on the sixth floor -- a room with a view. Isaac, however, seemed to be more impressed by the television embedded in the bathroom mirror. It will be their place for the night.

"I want to say thank you to all of those who made this happen for us, y'know? I don't know how to express enough thanks, so I'm just going to say thank you," Crayton said.

The issue of homelessness among families continues to grow in Dallas. A recent survey by the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance found that more than half of the city's homeless are children.

"Now we're seeing more families, more children that have become homeless, and the SoupMobile wants to make sure that this Christmas, they aren't homeless," Timothy said.

Through their work on this Christmas Eve and the year as a whole, they hope to make a difference, one life at a time.

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