It began Christmas day 1992. D. J. Akers was faced with spending the Christmas holiday alone. With a desire to help the less fortunate, he packed his Christmas turkey and all the trimmings in the trunk of his car and along with his friend Fred Davis, spent the day under the overpass at the intersection of US75 and IH30 in downtown Dallas.

DJ and Fred shared their holiday meal with the homeless people of Dallas who often gathered at this location for shelter. Fifteen people were served a hot meal that Christmas day. The gratitude expressed by those with whom they shared their dinner was the inspiration to turn one meal into a continual undertaking. Thus, United Friends To Feed The Homeless ( UFTFTH ) was founded.

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