“All things belong to God, who is our Father and the Father of all things. We are all of the same family; all of us are brothers. Amongst brothers, it is best that all inherit equal portions.”
- St. Gregory of Nyssa, 4th century
We praise God for the wonderful response of people stepping up to take on additional responsibilities during my illness and recuperation. The first one to volunteer to be a point man was someone who had never before been to the street with us. That took some guts!
We still need to fill two more spots: December 2nd and December 9th.
The point man does not have to prepare all of the food. He or she needs to try to coordinate to make sure the food and volunteers are going to be there. Volunteers are to check this blog for contact information and the list of needs and coordinate with the point man for that night.
The basic list of what is needed for each night is:
- 20 to 25 quarts of hearty soup (We have turkeys to use for this.)
- a gross of hard-boiled eggs
- a large kettle of pasta with tomato and meat sauce (We have pasta and tomato sauce)
- 8 gallons of drink, either iced tea or hot chocolate (or some of each)
- at least 300 hot/cold paper cups (We do not use styrofoam. We are just blocks from a river that leads directly to the ocean)
- a large bottle of Franks’ Red Hot sauce
- fruit, anything but apples. People don’t have good teeth. We can generally only give away one bag of apples.
- 100s of sandwiches. These should be made the way you like them (only no mayonaisse or eggs) and packed in sandwich baggies, then stacked back into the bread loaf bags. Please write with heavy marker on the bag what kind of sandwiches they are.
- Pastries or some kind of goodies
- forks, spoons, napkins
- music and Altoids for the trip
We have funds to pay for some of these things. It is a matter of people actually gathering them and getting them to 1801 Vine St. at 8pm on Thursday night.
The point man will be respected as the person in charge on site to provide for order and security while serving and to make sure the park is cleaned up before leaving.
On December 2nd, there is the added dimension of our observance of St. Nicholas Day on the street. We try to give each one we serve 3 one dollar coins in the Jesus’ Name to honor of St. Nicholas. This is great fun, and I will be so sorry to miss that this year. It is good if everyone on the team serving that night reviews the story of St. Nicholas, so they are prepared to share it with any who ask.