In The Spirit Of Giving

Train Station To Host Christmas Dinner For 200 Homeless Londoners

"We just want everybody to have a good family day, a proper family Christmas."

We love tinsel and trappings as much as the next Elf on the Shelf devotees, but here at A Plus, we believe that true wintertime magic comes in the form of connection and human kindness. Over the next month, come back and join us in raising a glass to those who give — because what's December without a little holiday spirit?

When rail lines across the U.K. pause for the Christmas holiday, one London train station will be turned into a temporary shelter and dining room for homeless people in the area on Dec. 25th. At 11 a.m. on Christmas day, Euston station in central London will be decorated and set to serve dinner to 200 individuals with some help from with help from volunteers from organizations St. Mungo's and Streets Kitchen and some 30 volunteers from Network Rail.

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"Working on Christmas Day is pretty much par for the course for many of us who work for Network Rail but this year, because I wasn't scheduled to work, myself and a handful of colleagues came up with this plan to feed some of London's homeless instead," Steve Naybour of Network Rail, which manages Euston station, told The Telegraph

Jon Glackin, the founder of Streets Kitchen, told Buzzfeed that his organization has been hosting smaller Christmas events in the community for years but has always wanted to do something larger. Until he was approached by Network Rail this year, he hadn't been able to find a space that would be big enough to host a large-scale Christmas party for the population touched by Streets Kitchen's work. 

"We just want everybody to have a good family day, a proper family Christmas," Glackin said. "We are out with these people every day, they are friends of ours, we'll be spending Christmas with our friends."

Per Buzzfeed, British Transport Police, Pret Foundation Trust, clothing company Blacks and transportation companies Virgin Trains and Abellio have all helped make the Christmas dinner possible. A handful of volunteers from nonprofit StreetVet will also be attending the event and bringing medical supplies and Christmas gift boxes for homeless dogs.  

At its core, the goal of the event is to ensure that everyone knows someone is looking out for them throughout the year, not just at Christmas.

I hope we can make people realize that homelessness isn't just for one day," Glackin said. "Christmas is a very poignant, hard time, but every day of the week is hard."

Cover image via Jillian Cain Photography / Shutterstock

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