Updated:ORLANDO, Fla. —
Hundreds of people who are without homes on Christmas received food and clothes from an Oviedo church.
Volunteers from East Pointe Community Church passed out the food and clothes at Lake Eola Tuesday morning.
The church started the effort about six years ago, when about 50 people turned out.
The event has grown to about 200 people.
Those who received the donations told WFTV they were grateful.
"There is food everywhere here, stuff to drink, giving us shampoo, deodorant, all that stuff," said Ralph McLean. "It's the greatest country on the face of this Earth and they are proving that point."
Many people WFTV talked to said they had only recently become homeless, which was a consequence of the tough job market.