Formerly Homeless Brothers Hand Out Thanksgiving Feast At Central Union Mission | Washington D.C. | Washington Examiner
Lamont Peterson used to be the one on the other side of the soup kitchen line.
Peterson and his brother Anthony grew up homeless, often left on the unforgiving D.C. streets while their father was in jail and mother struggled to raise a large family.
But on Thursday, it was the brothers who were handing out a Thanksgiving feast to the less fortunate. And Lamont Peterson, a world-renowned boxer, is just weeks away from fighting for the WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles in the District — the first title bout to be nationally broadcast from the nation’s capital in nearly two decades.
“This is a big day for me,” Lamont said as area residents lined up for food at the Central United Mission in Northwest. “I’ve lived in their shoes. I’ve fought their fight. I know what it’s like. To be in my position now, it just shows them that it can get better.”
“Look, this is just another day of struggle,” said Bernard Hamilton, a D.C. native who spends most of his days at the shelter. “This won’t make all of my problems disappear. But I’m grateful for this meal and these people.”