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Dec 12, 2017

The Joy of Christmas at St. John’s Soup Kitchen

The Belize City Council’s twelve days of charity continues across the Old Capital. Today the municipal body’s workers focused on two overlooked sectors of society – children and the homeless and impoverished. While their Christmas may not be on par with others, it was made a little brighter by the daily bread and clothing provided by workers of the Municipal Court. News Five’s Aaron Humes visited Saint John’s Cathedral Soup Kitchen on Albert Street to see for himself and files the following report.

 

Aaron Humes, Reporting

The Christian Bible suggests that in the final reckoning, those who have done good works for others will be recognized for them. And while no one was thinking of heaven today, those who received a hot meal and clothing from the Anglican Diocese’ Soup Kitchen in conjunction with the Belize City Council, were appropriately thankful, according to Bishop Philip Wright.

 

Philip Wright

Bishop Philip Wright, Anglican Diocese

“We are very grateful indeed, and they are to be applauded for taking these sorts of initiatives. We are personally grateful that they have chosen to be with us this year, because it just adds more. As you can see in the background, more people wearing this funny hat; more hands on deck; but more importantly, more people to bring some cheer to those that have chosen to be with us today.”

 

The twelve guest servers and greeters hail from a lesser-known wing of the Belize City Council, and not one most Belizeans hope to interact with. The Municipal Court judges those in error in relation to infractions of municipal regulations, like traffic tickets and tax arrears. But manager Jermaine Hyde said they chose to give back today.

 

Jermaine Hyde

Jermaine Hyde, Manager, Belize City Municipal Court

“It’s just to come and help out. We did give a donation in terms of the food, and we brought along our staff to help with the distribution, not just the food – for this event, they also do donations of clothing, so we have our staff here assisting with them distributing clothing items to the persons who show up here today.  The persons who are here today are the ones who come to the program on a weekly basis, so in terms of the target group they had that already set; it was just to partner them and work to make this event a successful one.”

 

The kitchen opens twice a week – on Tuesdays to provide food, and Wednesdays to sell clothing. But according to the three ladies who help run it, including Bishop Wright’s junior Lynda Moguel, there is a lot more to their work.

 

Lynda Moguel

Lynda Moguel, Priest, Anglican Diocese

“My role is to say hello to the people, to sing with them, to pray with them, and to put them in line so that we have males in one line, females in one line and children in one line, so they can all be served without fuss. Because you know they are impatient sometimes and we have to just temper them, so when they get impatient I say, ‘let’s sing a song! Who would like to sing? Give me the name of the song,’ and we would sing the song until they are ready.”

 

Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.

 

The kitchen re-opens after Christmas break on January eighth. If you wish to contribute, visit the Anglican Diocese’s offices around the corner on South Street or arrange to take up collection during the Cathedral’s church services or special services like funerals and weddings.

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