300 meals served. More than 170 children helped.
A party with a purpose is coming to Beecher Terrace.
Organizers are asking you to cross 9th Street and be a part of the difference that is already happening in the Russell Community.
It's a community that's seen its share of challenges – crime, poverty, violence.
But this group is looking to start a movement of hope that will last beyond the holidays.
“This is a way we can give back and show love. It's always a blessing to be a blessing,” said Makeeba Edmund, an organizer for the community.
“I am encouraging everybody to come on out show that spirit of human kindness. Show your compassion. Show that you really believe in connecting with everyone. Show that you really do mean we can be one great community, it doesn't matter what part of Jefferson County,” said Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith.
Even prosecutors are coming together.
“They see us in a different light. They don't just see us as law enforcement, they see us as people who are concerned about the community,” said Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine.
They are all looking to make this community center a beacon in Beecher.
“We saw change with the youth and kids just showing up being an adult that shows up and puts some effort into helping people, kids respond to that,” said attorney Jeremy Winton.
A big holiday party is coming to the neighborhood.
On December 19th, Texas Roadhouse will serve up meals to 300 people in Beecher Terrace Public Housing --- the organizers are also spearheading a toy drive to give 173 kids something special this holiday.
They are transforming the gym at the Baxter Community Center in Beecher into a winter wonderland - complete with a red carpet.
But they say they still need your help.
“We need volunteers. We need about 25 more people that can come down and help serve,” said James Linton of Community Connections.
Linton says this is your chance to cross 9th Street and be a part of something that will have a lasting impact - and he's not alone.
“I think it's a chance for the entire community to come together not just the people west of 9th Street but the people east of 9th Street as well,” said Wine.
If you would like to donate your time to help at the event to serve meals - work the red carpet or hand out toys to kids - you can go to the Baxter Community Center on December 19th at 5:30pm on Cedar Court.
If you would like to donate toys, the drop off sites are:
The Dolfinger Building
2500 Montgomery Street
Louisville, KY 40212
5325 Preston Hwy
Louisville, KY 40213
Baxter Community Center
1125 Cedar Ct.
Louisville, KY 40203
1734 S 4th St
Louisville, KY 40208
For more information call (502) 345-7018