By Molly Daly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Several groups came together Sunday afternoon at LOVE Park in Center City to offer hot food and warm clothing to the homeless.READ MORE: Arson Suspect Arrested In Connection To Fire, Building Collapse That Killed Philadelphia Fire Lt. Sean Williamson
Members of the Wissahickon Boys and Girls Club and Friendship Williams Masonic Lodge in Jenkintown were among those pitching in.
Men and women without fixed addresses lined up along the tables serving up hot meals and warm clothes. Jeff Templeton’s non-profit group, S.P.E.A.K., organized the event:
“We’re down here, today, to preserve life,” he said. “There are close to 4,000 homeless women, children, and men out here, and we’re here to supply them with an early Thanksgiving dinner, clothing, and anything else we can help them with.”READ MORE: Police: Homeless Man Allegedly Stabs 15-Year-Old Boy In Self-Defense In Center City
Tom Costello Jr. is the founder of The Joy of Sox, which doles out new pairs of foot warmers:
“They’re cotton socks, they’re wool socks, they’re ankle socks — they’re a necessity that the homeless need that they never get,” he said.
Recipient Vernon Lucas says Sunday’s event means a lot:
“They let you know — that while a lot of bad things happen in the world, there are good people who look out for people like this. So I’m just thankful for that.”MORE NEWS: Olson Homers Twice To Lead Braves Past Phillies 5-3