Jodette Johnson is teaching one of her weeknight classes at her midtown studio on K Street. About a dozen young women follow her lead, shaking their hips, playing their finger cymbals. She takes a break to talk about her philantrhopy which she says began right around the summer of love in the late ‘60s.
"It used to be hungry hippies but there was no homeless. Now there’s homeless."
Johnson is a well-known bellydancer who was born in Jaffa. She’s also a local homeless advocate who regularly distributes food and clothing around town.
"Everyday I deliver food for the homeless but not hundreds."
Thursday she expects to feed about 200 people at Original Pete’s on J Street. And Johnson says she and her students are already working on their next holiday benefit.
"I’ll be giving over 500 toys and blankets one day before Christmas from here, me and my students, they’re going to come and help me."
Two free Thanksgiving meals will be served Thursdsay at Original Petes. One at 11 AM and another at 1 P-M.