Glide Offers San Francisco’s Homeless, Hope and a Hot Meal

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — It was so crowded outside San Francisco’s Glide Memorial Church Saturday that traffic cops were needed.

Roughly five thousand volunteers served the same amount of homeless people and others a good hot meal.

Michael, who was very appreciative, said he stacked his plate full of ham, turkey, dressing and even ice cream as he dined instead of being out in the rain.

“It makes me happy and it blesses my soul,” he said.

So many people want to volunteer that they’re limited to two-hour shifts. For Helen it was pulling meat from turkey legs.

“We have a lot to be thankful for and it’s good to come in and give back when you have a chance and the opportunity,” she said.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

“This is the time of the season where you should be willing to just give whatever it is that’s needed of you,” said Ty who was among the 25 volunteers dedicated to carving turkeys and hams.

Several flights up, there were two inspirational services, including the Rev. Cecil Williams’ where he implored to his congregation, “lift yourself up and then lift the others around you”.

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