St. Sabine volunteers deliver meals and gifts to thousands of homeless Chicagoans on Christmas Day

CHICAGO (WLS) – On a typical Christmas, St. Sabina’s Church in Auburn Gresham hosted Chicago homeless buses for a hot meal and gifts. This year, due to the pandemic, they had to make some adjustments.

“We must always serve. We must always feed people. We must always care about people despite COVID,” said Father Michael Pfleger.

About 60 volunteers spent their Christmas morning at church to help feed nearly 1,000 people during the holiday.

“They wanted to make it a priority,” Pfleger said. “This is Christmas.”

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The church collected toys and purchased full Christmas dinners from six local black caterers. Volunteers packed them to church and then delivered to 13 different homeless shelters.

“If we make good food, why can’t everyone have it? Said Nicole Jordan-Reed of Nicole Jordan Catering.

Based on the south side, Nicole Jordan Catering brought in 200 meals.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Jordan-Reed said. “There are a lot of big caterers in town here. Lots of big African American caterers.”

The dozens of volunteers felt compelled to serve their community during this difficult time.

“Last year around this time I had COVID,” said volunteer Katrice Kendall. “And once again, I got it. It’s time to make sure the others come out on it. You have to give a person some hope.”

Father Pfleger said that it is not so much about what we get at Christmas, but what we give.

“So many people are suffering, so many people are hungry, so many people are in shelters,” he said. “And there are so many people out there who are depressed and feel abandoned, forgotten and lonely. And we have to let them know that someone is seeing them and that we care about them.”

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