A Langhorne native is heading down to Philadelphia this weekend as “Homie Claus” to bring the Christmas spirit of giving to the needy.
Morris Derry is the founder of No More Pain Inc, a non profit outreach organization that mentors at risk adults. Derry, a Neshaminy High School graduate, established No More Pain inc in 2014 and has been tackling tough issues like homelessness and drug abuse.
This Saturday, Dec. 22, the organization will be putting on its biggest event of the year, Homie Clause. Derry created the character himself, drawing inspiration from In Living Color’s “Homie the Clown.”
He needs help from the community and will be traveling through Bristol Borough tomorrow, Dec. 21st, collecting donations. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday night, Derry and his festive truck will go to anyone’s street in the neighborhood to collect hats, gloves, blanket and toiletries.
A list of streets already set for a Homie Claus appearance is at the bottom of this article. Those in the giving mood should keep an ear out for “Christmas in Hollis” by Run DMC, according to Derry.
Geared up in a blue Santa suit, Derry will hand out backpacks and toiletries to the homeless. This is looking to be his biggest “Winter with the Homeless” event yet.
“We got 245 bookbags ready to go out,” says Derry. “I shot for 150 and I got 100 more than what I wanted.”
In addition to handing out backpacks, Homie Clause will also make a visit to the Levittown homeless shelter feeding the less fortunate with food donated from a local pizzeria.
Anyone who wants to get involved or has questions about the “Winter with the Homeless” event or No More Pain can call at 215-416-5248. Derry can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of Wednesday night, Homie Claus will be visiting the following streets:
WBCB’s Manny Jones contributed to this post.