Hot Dogs for the Homeless has been serving the Oklahoma City community for nearly 20 years, but the last three months have looked a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group said it did not stop serving the community, but without volunteers to help prepare the meals, Hot Dogs for the Homeless wasn't serving hot dogs.
"I became very close friends with the manager of the McDonalds at Sheridan (Avenue)," Hot Dogs for the Homeless volunteer coordinator Aimee Majoue said. "I would call an hour ahead every week to let her know we were ordering 200 sandwiches. I'd have people come up to the car and be like, 'Could we get a hot dog?' And I'm like, 'No, but I have a chicken sandwich.'"
After temperature checks are administered, a smaller than normal group of volunteers helped bag the regular 200 meals the organization prepares every Sunday.
The group normally serves from one location in the downtown area, but word didn't get out that they were back serving hot dogs fast enough.
Hot Dogs for the Homeless volunteers decided to follow in the footsteps of the famous Wiener Mobile and drove around delivering.
Hot Dogs for the Homeless volunteer Robert Hatcher used to be homeless. The group helped him get back on his feet. Hatcher later earned a job as a paralegal.
Now, he helps those still on the streets.
"I know how it is to be out here, and I want them to try and get a step up," Hatcher said.
Despite the name, hot dogs aren't the most important thing the organization offers.
"One bagged lunch a week, that we provide, is really not that significant,” Majoue said. “But what our philosophy here really is that it's about the relationships.”
If you’d like to help, the organization needs donations. All the money goes towards helping the homeless. Due to COVID-19, some of those funds have been diverted to cleaning supplies, so the need now is greater than ever.
You can learn more about the organization on their website by clicking here.