6th annual ‘Blankets for the Homeless’ held in Virginia Beach

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – The sixth annual Blankets for the Homeless event was held in Virginia Beach Saturday.

Workers with Blankets for the Homeless shared gifts from noon to 1 p.m. with homeless families at the Macthrift Hotel in Virginia Beach.

The event provides blankets, toys and a chance to meet Santa to homeless families that are in need. Mariah Smith, who helps run the organization, actually gets her own father to dress up as Santa.

“It is always a beautiful experience,” said Smith. “Many of the families who are living in hotels that we’re helping do not have vehicles to make it to toys for tots. We bring Christmas to them.”

The organization is helping homeless families that have been provided a home in a few hotels for the time being.

The organization also said that there is a hotel in Norfolk that has homeless families they will be helping as well.