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Churches Helping Homeless Families Spend Christmas Eve Together

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While many people are at home with their families this Christmas, some people are not so fortunate. According to the City of Fargo, on any given night in the Fargo-Moorhead area, almost 800 people can be without a home. Many of those people stay at homeless shelters where it may keep them out of the cold, but that often means splitting up families.

Silvia Garcia – Homeless: "He doesn't realize, but he's the only reason I am still alive, because of him, because he has given me, that, he's the only reason why."

Silvia Garcia doesn't want a lot for Christmas just her family by her side. Silvia: "That's my baby, that's the only one I have left, I promised him the day they took him from me, because I was homeless, that, at first I told him I was going to give up, because my life without them is nothing." Her 15 year old son Aaron lives in a foster home, and she lives in a women's shelter.

Silvia: "It's been a battle, I made a lot of wrong decisions, out on the street, but I'm glad, that the day I decided to go to prairies, and get help." But, they haven't been able to spend a holiday together, until today when the Doublewood Inn donated a room for each family.

Aaron Garcia- Silvia's Son: "I get to spend it with mom, and I get to go swimming, you know, so I am pretty happy, today is going to be a fun day."

A day that was made possible by 7 local churches that are here celebrating Christmas Eve. Brent McNeal- Sojourn Church Moorhead Pastor: "We thought we are doing this family thing for us, we want others to enjoy family things as well."

So they invited families staying at local homeless shelters. McNeal: "I called and said, hey what do you think about having some of those people come, and join us, some of those people that are in our shelters that might be separated, cause some of our shelters are men and women only, so there might be families that might be separated that could be together for Christmas."

Now they can spend the whole holiday together, long overdue for Silvia and Aaron. Silvia: "He told me, he said mom you have never given up on us, so I promised I was not going to give up, so here I am." To share the few moments they have been waiting a long time for.

The three families were given gift cards to Dominos and Perkins, to order pizza into their hotel rooms tonight, and have Christmas breakfast together tomorrow morning.

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