Today, three to 25 volunteers from local churches show up to serve nearly 350 hot dogs most weekday evenings.
As more volunteers came, [Nathan] Mansell took time to talk with the people gathered, to learn their stories, to know them as more than masses at the ketchup line.
All signs warned him to stay away from [Mikell] Felder.
“Nobody wanted to talk to him because he was so mean to everybody,” Mansell recalls. “But for some reason, I felt called or led to help him.”
Mansell struck up some small talk and showed his concern.
“I’ve been an angry person. I would fight with you in a heartbeat,” Felder admits. “But he showed me love and cared about me.”