PHILADELPHIA (TBEN) — For the men, women and children who run and volunteer at the Chosen 300 Ministries in Spring Garden, Wednesday night was business as usual. They feed the homeless and hungry six days a week, but it’s especially meaningful on the night before Thanksgiving.
“This is a place they can count on and this is a day when we can do it when it really matters because it’s a day when other people don’t serve,” said Brian Jenkins, executive director of 300.
Most churches and several other organizations usually host breakfast or dinner on Thanksgiving, but Wednesday night TBEN Philadelphia spoke to pastors who partnered with the Chosen 300 for the event.
“I think it’s important to show the world that the church has hands and feet and that we’re not just bound to four walls,” said Pastor Cameron Washington of Hope City Empowerment Church. “But we can come out and do what Christ taught us.”
We spoke to a young man who came for dinner.
“Something for everyone, like food, because not everyone has money to buy food,” said James Quigley. “So I feel like we all need to help, so this is a place you can go for help if you need it.”
And the sweetest 8 year old volunteer who was here to help feed the needy with her sister and mother.
“I really like it. I like helping people in need and seeing a smile on their face,” said Tess Brenner.
And a pastor who neatly summarized what we saw.
“The food is a tangible need, but we are here to meet a spiritual need as well,” said Pastor Nya Washington.