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Beverly McElroy takes sack lunches downtown. Beverly McElroy takes sack lunches downtown.
She offers lunch to the homeless from her car. She offers lunch to the homeless from her car.
McElroy is making a difference in the lives of the city's homeless. McElroy is making a difference in the lives of the city's homeless.
By Melissa Maynarich, NEWS 9

Under the crossroads in Oklahoma City thousands live without a roof over their head. We found a woman who feels it's her calling to feed those starving on the streets.

Head downtown any Friday of the year at lunchtime, and you'll run into Beverly McElroy pulled over on the side of the street.

As soon as she opens the back door of her car a crowd forms. McElroy is feeding those people who live "outside"; people who she used to pass up, time and time again, on her way to work.

"I don't know, I just feel a compassion for them," McElroy said. "I thought I need to do something, not just go by everyday and wish them luck."

Sandwiches, a banana and cookies are in the recycled grocery sacks that McElroy provides. Many ask for white socks as well. And, she sometimes has gloves to hand out. They are a blessing for those out in the cold.

"I lost my mother when I got out of prison in 2003," homeless for one year, Denise Ann Neal said."So, after that I just went down."

Every single one of these people has their own stories. But at the back door of her car there are no questions asked.

"She's one of those gals who, if there's a need, she's going to try to meet it," friend helping McElroy, Jan Capps said.

And the need is great downtown. At last count by the Homeless Alliance nearly 2000 people are without a home in the city on any given night.

"She's just an awesome lady. She has compassion on everybody," Capps said.

On her own time, with her own money and often with the help of friends, Beverly is Making A Difference.

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