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Non-profit hosts candlelight holiday service for Amarillo's homeless

No Boundaries International-Amarillo hosted a candlelight holiday service for Christ Church Camp of New Beginnings residents Sunday. (ABC 7 Amarillo-Tiffany Lester)

Around 40 people have tents set up at the so-called “tent city” just off Southwest 1st Avenue in Amarillo.

On a night like Christmas Eve, when it is bitter cold, residents tell ABC 7 News they are thankful to have a group of people willing to come out and fellowship with them.

The holiday season is a time of togetherness to fellowship with one and all.

That’s exactly what’s being done at the Christ Church Camp of New Beginnings, also known as “tent city”.

“There’s strength in numbers, so that helps,” said “tent city” resident James Tripplett. “We’re somewhat warm, we have fire, we have food. The holidays are the holidays. It doesn’t matter where they are.”

"Tent city" residents joined with Amarillo’s No Boundaries International for a candlelight holiday service Sunday.

“To them, it doesn’t matter if it’s a tent, it’s their home,” said Amarillo Director of No Boundaries International Traci Rogers. “Everybody needs to know that there’s hope and that there’s people that love them and care for them and what better way to share the love of Jesus than by loving people.”

The organization brought candles for the ceremony, along with oranges and warm socks for those living in the area.

It’s something camp residents said they’re appreciative of.

“There people take their time out of their holidays and their personal time to do this and not many people will these days. Everybody is about themselves these days, it seems like. But there’s a lot of people out here tonight singing and caroling and giving out donations and we’re very grateful,” said Tripplett.

“We truly love them and I think so many times that people want to make it an us and them, and we’re all just people trying to survive in this world and whatever we can do to help each other, we need to do it,” said Rogers.

Group members said it’s important to help others not just during the holiday season, but every day of the year.

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