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Helping Nashville's homeless have a Feliz Navidad

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He may use a jeep, rather than a sleigh, but Nashville showman George McClure will once again set out to bring some holiday joy Christmas Day driving around the byways and underpasses of the city distributing giving candy and snacks to the homeless, many of whom “cannot make it to the central shelters.”

“The most memorable Christmas experience I've had in my deliveries to the homeless on Christmas Day was the first or second year I did it,” he recalls. “ I had an old pair of shoes, some discard gloves, canned food, water, and snacks with me. As I headed down 5th or 6th toward Broadway, I saw a man in a t-shirt standing on a grate emitting steam. I circled around and stopped, and saw another man behind him. The other man had a coat on and I saw the first man had no shoes on, only white socks. It was 20 degrees and snowing.

“The man in front said "I gave my coat to my brother. He was in Vietnam. I'm taking care of him. We lost our house and we're here now." You see, they had traded their coat and shoes for food. His brother could not speak. I gave them everything they wanted and went on my way. They had one coat and one pair of shoes between them when I arrived. So every year I buy Christmas candy and snacks and hit the byways and off-ramps. Everyone deserves a little Christmas."

McClure, a “borderlands writer, showman, and spiritualist,” began his music career after graduating University of Arizona, playing professionally for five years, before spending 8 years in math/CS, culminating in a stint at NASA Houston as AI research scientist.

He finally returned to writing and music full-time in Nashville TN. In 1990’s, and has been touring throughout the country with his band The Matadors ever since, as well as heading his own publishing/production company McClure & Trowbridge Publishing LTD.



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