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Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Ingredients from the heart are what makes this batch of homemade soup so special.

Xavier alumna Candra Barrett woke up bright and early to make it happen. Cups were filled and slices of bread bagged in her Metairie home with determined purpose.

'A meal is more important than money,' said Tulane graduate student Kimisha Sawyers. 'A meal is more important than anything else.'

Sawyers recruited friends and family in 24 hours to donate just a little so it can go a long way.

'Jackets, coats, scarves, gloves, blankets, anything warm,' she said. 'We want to comfort them where they are now.'

And so this group, calling itself #60cups, braved the frigid winter night, setting up shop at Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and Calliope under the Pontchartrain Expressway, dishing out hot soup and coffee to the those in need.

'I'm ready to get off these streets,' said Emile Jefferson. 'It's been too long.'

Jefferson has lived on and off the streets for eight years. The New Orleans native was appreciative of this random act of kindness.

'That let me knows that somebody still cares, they did a good thing. I like the soup. It's good.'

Strangers, even if just for a night, made a connection while expecting nothing in return.

'Just do it,' Sawyers said. 'Make it happen. This was an idea in my head yesterday morning at 9 a.m. and now it's reality and that's amazing.'

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