On Christmas Day, 2014, several hundred volunteers gathered to help serve the people in the inner city of San Francisco. Christmas day is the fourth and last holiday outreach of the year. The day started off with a briefing for volunteers.
“We believe in investing and training up our volunteers, that is why we have this designated block of time before we breakout.” said Christian Huang, Executive Director of SF City Impact.
Three people were recognized who have been instrumental to these outreaches taking place: Hayley and Matt Duerstock, and Alex Quock.
For the first time we have hosted a sit down meal—restaurant style in the middle of street, which was blocked off for the outreach. 500 people were invited to sit down, and chat with volunteers over a hot meal. The meal featured turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, and bread.
Gifts were passed out to inner city children along with hot chocolate and meals. About 180 kids attended the event and received gifts.
Close to the end of the meal, a woman sat in tears and kept stating she was going to end her own life. A volunteer had noticed and sat and prayed with her and had brought this to the attention of SF City Impact. After some time, the paramedics arrived to drive the woman to the hospital to care for her physical and mental ailments.
This is just one example of what intervening looks like—a person in need, someone willing to step in and someone willing to leverage their resources for the benefit of others.
Thank you to all who help support outreaches like on Christmas Day and intervene on behalf of others.
Here are some details of the day:
- 3,000 hot meals given out
- 180 kids received gifts
- 180 people at the 140 Turk St. sit down dinner
- 500 people at the 200 Jones St. block sit down dinner
- 400 people received clothing
- 400 people received groceries
Thank you again for everyone who helped out on Christmas Day.