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Not your average dinner party in Buffalo's Fireman's Park

Posted at 11:27 PM, Feb 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-16 23:27:47-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. — She may not be sitting around a dining room table, but Regina Weise always starts dinner with a prayer.

"Lord, I ask you meet every need of these people tonight. Father, God, Lord, whether it be physical or spiritual."

Three nights a week for the past six years, Weise has been entertaining about 50-150 guests. Many she knows, others are strangers.

That's the point anyone can come to her dinner party.

"Its just any one who is hungry anyone that has a need," Weise said.

Weise along with her granddaughter Anna Weise, have been serving food to the homeless for the past six years at Fireman's Park in downtown Buffalo. They call their effort Friends Feeding Friends.

"We take a lot of time to be friends with them and know their needs," Regina Weise said.

It all started with a single pot of chicken noodle soup.

"God just spoke to my grandmother, 'you should really help people.' And she was like 'how?" her granddaughter Anna said.

Her calling was with food. Tonight she cooked up a chicken taco soup with a side of coffee.

After six years of doing this, she has gained a bit of a following. Two organizations teamed up with her Saturday night. One brought burritos and the other brought winter clothes.

Restaurants have also heard of her efforts.

"I got a couple of restaurants that says come on over today we have left overs of this," Weise said.

Regina and Anna will do this all again next week: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. They'll prepare the food, pack up the car, and head to the park for another dinner party.

If you would like to join or donate Friends Feeding Friends you can find them on Facebook.

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