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Seniors Displaced by Fire Enjoy Thanksgiving Love

Three months after a fire destroyed parts of a senior housing complex in Southeast, an army of compassionate “soldiers” made sure that the affected residents would still enjoy a holiday meal and receive extra love this Thanksgiving Day.

In September, 160 senior citizens were displaced when a fire blazed through the four-story Arthur Capper affordable housing building located in the Navy Yard neighborhood. Two months after the fire, 40 of those residents remain housed at the Residence Inn’s DC/Capitol location.

And in the months since the fire, District merchants and civic groups have stepped up to help the displaced seniors. Just days before Thanksgiving, the Xi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. teamed up with Residence Inn to host “Blessings in a Banquet” for the seniors.

“As part of our season of giving, and in keeping with the sorority’s commitment of service to all mankind, Xi Omega is serving these 40 seniors with a warm Thanksgiving dinner provided by Residence Inn and gifting them with bags of non-perishable food, toiletries and other essentials,” said AKA chapter President April Gaines. “Because these displaced residents have been through so much this fall, we’re grateful to partner with Residence Inn to make the season a little better for them.”

District officials fed thousands at the Walter Washington Convention Center on Thanksgiving Day while members of the Washington Redskins distributed tons of turkeys and food bags at FedEx Field – examples of outreach efforts in the area that remain part of yearly giveaways for those in need.

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Hamil R. Harris

Hamil Harris is an award-winning journalist who worked at the Washington Post from 1992 to 2016. During his tenure he wrote hundreds of stories about the people, government and faith communities in the Greater Washington Area. Hamil has chronicled the Million Man March, the Clinton White House, the September 11 attack, the sniper attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the campaign of President Barack Obama and many other people and events. Hamil is currently a multi-platform reporter on the Local Desk of the Washington Post where he writes a range of stories, shoots photos and produces videos for the print and online editions of the Post. In addition, he is often called upon to report on crime, natural disasters and other breaking issues. In 2006 Harris was part of a team of reporters that published the series “Being a Black Man.” He was also the reporter on the video project that accompanied the series that won two Emmy Awards, the Casey Medal and the Peabody Award. Hamil has lectured at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, the American University, the University of Maryland and the University of the District of Columbia. He also lectures several times a year to interns during their semester in the District as part of their matriculation at the Consortium of Christian Colleges and Universities.

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