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Thanksgiving for the homeless on grounds of Capitol

WASHINGTON (WUSA9)-- On this Thanksgiving Day, a Springfield, Virginia ministry known as Lucas 4:18 made history by hosting a feast in an unprecedented location.

Volunteers cooked a traditional meal, set up tables from which to serve it and even provided transportation. 

"Hallelujah! Praise Jesus! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone," screamed Maryann Blackman. There was no mistaking just how much she appreciated having a Thanksgiving meal, prepared by volunteers.

"To have the meal all laid out for us is a blessing from heaven," she said. 

The meal itself was traditional. The location--highly symbolic. On the grounds of the United States Capitol.

"The contrast of having such a powerful thing be here in the back and then bring people that are homeless, broken-hearted, that they may not have had a pillow to sleep on last night," said Daliana Gandarillas, from the Lucas 4:18 Ministry.

Street closures for Trot for Hunger

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Streets in D.C. will be closed Thursday morning for the Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger.

The following streets will be closed from 5:30 am and are expected to reopen by 1:00 pm:  

13th Street from E Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Pennsylvania Avenue from 14th Street to 12th Street, NW

The following is the Race Route:

2 overnight fires in NE DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. Fire officials are investigating an overnight house fire in Northeast.

It happened at 125 15th Street, NE, just before 3 a.m., officials say.

Fire officials tweeted that this was a two alarm fire and heavy smoke could be seen from the first and second floors. Officials say the roof collapsed.

One firefighter was transported with minor injuries.

The family has been displaced, according to D.C. police.

All roads have reopened.

Fire officials were also on the scene of a townhouse fire on T Street between between N. Capitol and Lincoln Rd. 

Remembering JFK with WUSA9

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The most I've learned about the John F. Kennedy assassination was in my middle school history books and then again when the band Postal Service came out with the song, "Sleeping In."

It was a monumental moment in American history, heck , it was a huge moment in world history and I know this because I spoke to a man from Iceland who recalled his memory of finding out JFK had been killed.

The past few days I've helped work on JFK related stories.

Thursday, I worked on a story at the JFK remembrance exhibit at the Newseum. Reporter Surae Chinn interviewed several people at the exhibit who recalled their memories of finding out the president had been killed.

Catholic Charities gives fancy Thanksgiving meal

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Catholic Charities served a fancy Thanksgiving meal to hundreds of people in need on Tuesday.

Complete with white table cloths, the meal was given at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery at 4:30 in the afternoon.

The Thanksgiving meal was cooked by Catholic Charities Enterprises and included turkey and gravy, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, sweet potatoes, stuffing, rolls and pumpkin pie. 

The guests also received a gift bag with warm clothing for the winter.

Catholic Charities worked with Pepco and Ridgewells Catering to make the event possible.

Over 100 volunteers were on hand to help, including Pepco Holdings EVP Kevin Fitzgerald and Region President Donna Cooper.  

Ridgewells Catering provided some of those helpers and decorated the gallery with tablecloths and fine china.

Italo Ceramica Celebrated its First US Showroom with Grand Opening Event

Italo Ceramica Celebrated its First US Showroom with Grand Opening Event

The Italian retailer now open in Rockville, Maryland offers Versace and Bisazza tiles, among many others

Italo Ceramica, a ceramic tile retailer with 36 stores in Europe, celebrated the opening of its first US showroom located at 725 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Maryland this month. The Italo Ceramica team welcomed more than 120 design industry professionals, media and customers for a grand opening celebration with special guests Andrea Bacchini, North America Market Director for Imola Ceramica, Italo Ceramica’s partner, and artist Alexander Stefan, who exhibited his photography. Stefan also raffled off one of his works during the evening event.

Christmas tree headed to Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Capitol Christmas Tree is arriving at the U.S. Capitol after making its way from a forest in northeast Washington state.

Once the tree is in place on the Capitol's west lawn Monday, organizers say it will be decorated with more than 5,000 handmade ornaments from children across the country. A tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.

The tree made stops in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland on its way to the nation's capital.

The U.S. Forest Service is in charge of cutting and maintaining the tree. Donations cover the cost of transporting the tree across the country. This year's lead sponsors included the Truckload Carriers Association, Mack Trucks, the National Association of Convenience Stores and the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.

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