So now feeding the homeless and hungry is “illegal” [Outreach must create synergy, Feb. 26 Just Saying, TIMES].
It goes hand in hand with the comments in the paper to send the homeless “somewhere else,” but not in our downtown Maple Ridge.
How callous many in our city have become! It makes me ashamed to live here.
My husband and I have helped at this “illegal soup kitchen” and have seen the people who come there.
The CEED Centre is a very special place where some of these people feel valued and trusted. It is a place where they can access a computer and get a friendly word and on Saturdays a hot meal, all prepared by volunteers. There is a camaraderie and acceptance and a warm place on a cold and rainy night to forget the misery of living on the street.
Have we become so mean to begrudge them this little bit of comfort?
If we had enough proper facilities to house the poor and treat the addicted and take care of the ones needing mental help, we would not need soup kitchens or food banks.
But we are not a sharing and caring society any longer, and neither is our government, and now it is even illegal to feed the hungry.
Maria Raynolds, Maple Ridge