Last week, we went with my son’s cub scout troop to visit the Soup Kitchen run out of the side of the church. His scout troop brought presents (warm socks) and baked goods for the people who get their one meal a day from the Soup Kitchen. They are considered homeless and marginally homeless (those people who have housing which is inadequate or temporary). The boys sang some Christmas carols while the food was being served.
The baked goods were definitely appreciated as were the socks. For our contribution, my children and I made Rocky Road Crunch from the BBC Food website which is adapted from Nigella Lawson’s Nigella Express cookbook. The recipe is incredibly easy to make and requires no baking. I put the rocky road mixture in silicone baking trays to get the Christmas tree and gingerbread men shapes.
Established in 1986, the Soup Kitchen provides free meals for 70 people a day for five days a week. Information on the soup kitchen can be found on their web page as well as how you can volunteer your time or donate money and other items. Most of the homeless are men but there are a handful of women as well.
The American scouts have been involved with the American Church for some time. Last year, one of the boys scouts for his Eagle Scout project redid the side courtyard with mosaics and planting. This project won first prize from the European boy scout council for his efforts.
The mosaics and planting still look fabulous and, hopefully, will brighten up this corner of the urban jungle for years to come.
It’s not just the homeless, the marginally homeless or Nigella who have rocky roads to walk. We all go through tough times at some point in our life and, hopefully, it doesn’t get so low that you are homeless or dragged through the court of public opinion. Especially at Christmas, it’s good to remember a little support and sympathy can go a long way.