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Rep Yarmuth, JCPS students gift Christmas cards to homeless

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Christmas arrived a little early at the Wayside Christian Mission on Monday. Christmas arrived a little early at the Wayside Christian Mission on Monday.
Congressman John Yarmuth Congressman John Yarmuth

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Christmas arrived a little early at the Wayside Christian Mission thanks to help from some of Santa's little helpers and Congressman John Yarmuth.

Inside the mission located on East Jefferson Street, members of the Down By the Wayside choir filled the air with Christmas carols Monday morning.

"Every year we look forward to singing," said choir director Virginia Taylor.

The choral performance celebrated the arrival of Christmas cards made by students and then hand-delivered by Congressman Yarmuth.

"So much of what is really important about homeless populations is that they know that they have support in the community and people who care about them," said Congressman Yarmuth. "It gives them hope and that's really what this is all about. For the kids, it's the ability to reach out to people that are less fortunate than they are."

Students from the following ten different Jefferson County Public Schools took part in the congressman's fourth annual Holiday Cards for the Homeless Project:

  • Bloom Elementary
  • Carter Traditional Elementary
  • Eisenhower Elementary
  • Foster Academy
  • Greenwood Elementary
  • Johnsontown Road Elementary
  • Mill Creek Elementary
  • Portland Elementary
  • Slaughter Elementary
  • Wheatley Elementary

"It's a special day," said Taylor. "It just shows that they care for the homeless people."

Cards delivered to the Wayside Christian Mission will be distributed to shelters across the community. Last year, Congressman Yarmuth helped hand out more than 1,500 student-made cards.