DCW50 Heroes: How one Thanksgiving good deed became a mission

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The 25th Project arose from very humble and simple beginnings, when its founder picked up a meal for eight at Boston Market and had Thanksgiving dinner with a group of homeless men.

This was fourteen years ago. Now the 25th Project's founder Jay Herriott is concerned with a bigger problem: making sure homeless men and women survive the winter and don't succumb to hypothermia.

"For the 25th Project we made it a goal to not have any fatalities due to hypothermia," said Herriott. "About three years ago we said, hey, we're going to concentrate on propane in the winter, to make sure that our homeless friends are good."

Since Herriott's own project came from such simple beginnings, he encourages others to try to start doing good wherever they can.

"It's humbling, to be honest. It is extremely humbling, because other people want to serve and they don't know where to serve a lot of the time," he said.

Find out more about the project here.