Holiday Helper creates goody bags for San Antonio homeless

Mattie Epperson starts working on project well in advance

SAN ANTONIO – Meet Mattie Epperson, who has the city's homeless at heart this time of year.

Or really, all year. Epperson starts preparing Christmas goody bags for the homeless as early as the summer months.

Epperson recognized a problem and made it her duty to help out where she could.

"Well, usually the children are given all the toys, the clothes (and) everything they need,” Epperson said. “People usually reach out to the children, but very few reach out to those (adults) who are less fortunate."

With help from her daughter, Epperson started assembling the goody bags, which are filled with toiletry items such as socks, soap and a wash cloth. The bags are also stocked with other handy items including bandages and wipes to help with cuts and sores.

And she didn’t forget the snacks.

"I put them together one day just sitting on my floor at home," Epperson said.

She starts collecting items early.