St Francis Provides Christmas Dinner for Over 300 People
Published December 25th, 2013
Instead of spending their Christmas with family, some people have started the tradition of donating their time to others.
This year's Christmas at St. Francis House wasn't just the work of one person alone.
Hope is in most people's hearts when they walk through the door at St. Francis House.
And on Christmas, those who are stranded on the streets are praying for a little more.
"You have signs from everywhere. This is a sign. You've got good people out there in this world," Isaiah Russ, who has been homeless for six months.
"I'm just happy to see another Christmas. I really am," Donald Bass, homeless man.
St. Francis served 320 people Christmas dinner this morning.
Normally, they give stockings to every visitor for Christmas but bags donated by an anonymous retired Gainesville Police Officer made people's Christmas a little sweeter.
Now, people who visited St. Francis today were able to take one of these bags home, filled with toiletries, food and a blanket and kids were able to pick up up to six toys from this table for Christmas," Lauren Lettelier, TV20 News.
Some are thankful this Christmas for their future, a future they say St. Francis has given them.
"If you really want it, they'll really help you. They've got a good little program here,"said St Francis resident Chris Scott.
112 volunteers spent their morning cooking in the kitchen and serving the homeless on their Christmas, something they see as time well spent.
"For them, this is the big meal that they will be getting, not just for today but probably for several days. It's important to share that with other people," said volunteer Cat Ferris.
For those who couldn't make it back home for the holidays, it's the feeling of...
"Warmth. That warmth that I can't feel by that tree up in New England, I'm getting it here. You can see it in their faces and in their eyes. You put a tray of food and say, "Merry Christmas," to them and talk to them, they remember there's another human being that can actually talk to them, that cares," said Shane Souza, volunteer.
All the toys that were left over from today were donated to the Ronald McDonald house.
St Francis House says they are in need of financial donations at this time.
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