Paper Bag Angels seeking to make difference by feeding those in need

Paper Bag Angels has been helping homeless people and those less fortunate for two years, giving them bag lunches. A group of volunteers set up in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood, lending a hand to those in need of a meal. It's something so simple yet so im

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- On the menu is what one would typically except for an autumn barbecue.

"We did 240 hot dogs, 130 pieces of chicken, eight pork butts, so roughly about 100 pounds right there," Drew Scott, Sunday afternoon's chef, said.

For this cookout, anyone looking to get a plate - or two - was more than welcome to help themselves.

"There are a lot of us who don't have a lot of things, and we really respect what's going on today," Angela Tucker, one of the afternoon's guests, said.

Sunday afternoon's free luncheon came courtesy of volunteers with Paper Bag Angels Inc., a nonprofit that began two years earlier.

"I was going through a rough patch in my life and God was like, 'You still got a house, a job and a car. Get out there and help somebody,'" Tracy Starling, the founder and president of Paper Bag Angels, said.

Starling heeded that call, deciding to help the homeless and those less fortunate than her, receiving her inspiration from someone who issued a challenge over Facebook.

"I took 100 bucks and I went and got bologna, cheese, sack lunches, paper bags and bottled water, and I came out here and passed it out," she said.

That turned into Paper Bag Angels Inc., which has been giving food and clothes to homeless people and those like Angela Turner, who just need a helping hand from time to time.

"I'm paycheck to paycheck and I was happy to know I was going to get a good meal today," Turner said.

"I get up and complain about getting up and going to work - I'm tired, I don't want to do it," Scott said. "Some of these guys, some of them just want to go to work."

"We just want to help somebody and it keeps us balanced and focused and humble because we always want to say, 'Poor me, poor me,' but at the end of the day, you get out here and somebody is grateful for a sandwich, so it keeps you humble," Starling said.

A hot meal may seem so simple it can often be taken for granted, but it's something so important that can make a big difference.

"You never know because you never know what everybody's got, but they're trying to make it," TUrner said. "It's nice to know that people are here that really care."

Paper Bag Angels also gave out clothing and blankets to prepare for the colder weather. Starling said Paper Bag Angels will continue to serve the community regardless of the weather.

Anymore looking to get involved can contact Paper Bag Angels via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paperbagangelsInc/

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