Two-year-old Kodie Brown was honored at the 5th Annual Free Christmas Day Dinner at Torries @ Wilson’s Restaurant in Northwest Washington, DC Wednesday. The young victim of domestic violence survived a shooting, in which her mother was killed by her father, according to Roach Brown, founder of Inner Voices, Inc., which organized the dinner. Brown said Kodie’s grandparents are caring for her.
The toddler was on hand for the dinner, which was served to the homeless, veterans, senior citizens, the formerly incarcerated and anyone who needed a meal on Christmas Day. More than 500 people were served, according to Mertine Moore Brown, Roach’s wife, of MELM People Relations.
She says Kodie’s grandparents, Officer Derrick Ferguson and his wife Roshann, attended the event, as well. “The restaurant’s owner, John Goodwin, has been feeding people on Christmas Day for 17 years,” Moore Brown said.
The Inner Voices, Inc. is a member of the United Black Fund. For more information about upcoming programs or to find out about next year’s dinner, call (202) 580-7365.
Torries @ Wilson’s Restaurant is located at 7th & V Streets, NW, across from Howard University Hospital. Each year, the dinner is broadcast live on WPFW-FM 89.3.