Agape Table served up more than just warm wishes to Winnipeg’s homeless on Monday morning.
The soup kitchen held its annual Christmas meal, complete with holiday gifts and warm clothes to leave with.
“A lot of people don’t have friends and family over the holidays, so this is our way to say, ‘This is your family. Let’s share. Let’s have a meal together and celebrate the season,’” said Martina Richter, Agape Table’s director.
Agape Table served up about 400 plates for guests and had a few local celebrities help bring out the food.
Winnipeg Blue Bomber Chris Cvetkovic put on an apron and ran meals to and from the kitchen.
“I’ve been helping them out for the last few years, and Agape Table is such a great cause,” he said. “Everyone deserves a warm meal around the holidays.”
Bob Sandison and Jim Livingstone were among those surprised by the holiday meal. They stopped in for their usual breakfast and instead found a hearty holiday plate with all the trimmings.
“Usually me and Bob come for coffee and toast and [then we] walked into this!” said Livingstone. “You can’t lose on that one!”
The soup kitchen sent visitors off with a present, their choice of toque, mitts or a jacket and a plate full of leftovers.