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Thanksgiving meals given to homeless in Center City

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The City of Philadelphia banned public feeding of the homeless earlier this year, but today at Love Park, volunteers from the Masons and other organizations served an early Thanksgiving dinner and distributed much-needed items, including coats, blankets and toiletries to those who find themselves living on city streets this holiday season.

"It's not only doing something good for my heart, giving back is always good. I have my kids out here and I want to teach them to start doing the same thing; everybody needs help now and then, so it's good to try to give back," Christopher Moore of Staying Positive Equals Amazing Kids (SPEAK) said.

Students from Arcadia University were among the volunteers who helped dish out stuffed peppers and meatballs, hot soup and sandwiches.

All of the supplies were donated, for which Adrian Templeton, another organizer, was deeply grateful.

"It's just overwhelming, the outpouring of support. We have a host of volunteers, this is the biggest it's ever been so this is definitely overwhelming," Adrian Templeton of Helping Hands of Freemasonry said.

Those who took advantage of the food and warm clothing said they were grateful, but many were also critical of the mayor and city for not doing more to help them.

"This group right here's got my vote. any time one of you all wants to run for mayor, you can run," Moses of Philadelphia said.

"I think it's wonderful. I can't speak for everybody else, but I think it's good," Rachel Jordan of Philadelphia said.

If there are any nonperishable items left, the organizers say they will gather them together and donate them to the victims of Hurricane Sandy - extending that helping hand even further.

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philadelphia, thanksgiving, homeless, local/state, amy buckman
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