Several local groups teamed up with the Patel Foundation to feed and provide gifts to the needy.
For the past 14 years, the Feed the Homeless and Needy event has been providing compassion and care for the local homeless.
Dr. Ravi Patel said it’s a way to bring some joy to the homeless in Bakersfield.
“The moment Christmas is over and the new year rings in, it sort of comes to a dead end for others and so what we decided years ago is that on New Year’s Day, let’s remember those who are less fortunate and needy and try and do something for them, recognize them and acknowledge them and celebrate them,” Dr. Patel said.
Monday’s event was at the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center, where Dr. Patel is also the medical director.