Birmingham's New Street railway station transforms into Xmas party to give 200 homeless people a festive meal
The night saw a moving choral performance, as well as homeless people, who clearly enjoyed the food after coming together with volunteers in a bid to fight loneliness at Christmas
Christmas is the time to be affectionate and giving, which is exactly what Birmingham's New Street station planned on doing this year. According to a new report, the city's New Street railway station was completely transformed into a dining hall for the purpose of feeding 200 rough sleepers a festive meal this holiday season.
The free yuletide party was held on Monday and it included a three-course banquet at a round-table area set-up in a busy part of the station. There was also a DJ and carol singers at the venue, and a Santa had also been arranged by the Sikh group, Midlands Langar Seva Society, and supported by Network Rail.
The night saw a moving choral performance, as well as homeless people, who were clearly enjoying the food after coming together with volunteers in a bid to fight loneliness and isolation at Christmas. Randhir Singh, chief executive of the society, said: "Midlands Langar Seva Society are out seven nights a week, not only across Birmingham but across the UK."
He continued, "Our main purpose is to serve humanity and serve hot meals to people less fortunate than ourselves, give out hats, clothes and warm clothing and give hope. Every year around about a week before Christmas we start giving out Christmas presents and cards."
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Singh added, "A lot of people around this time of year start missing their families, they experience depression and the suicide rate is quite high as well. Tonight we are putting on a three-course, sit down Christmas meal and giving out Christmas presents, with one of the managers of Network Rail dressing as Santa. It's their night and we are making it special for them."
The tables are set at #Birmingham New Street Station to welcome 200 homeless individuals for a special #Christmas meal, courtesy of Midland Langar Seva Society @MidlandLangar and Network Rail @NetworkRailBHM. #BHMXmasMeal 🎅🎉🎄 pic.twitter.com/zjlIOgZNDH— I Am Birmingham (@IAmBirmingham) December 24, 2018
One of the homeless people who attended the dinner party was 41-year-old Louise Gall, who sat down with friends and was served food by volunteers in a festive dress at the station. He said, "What they have done for us is amazing. I live on the streets and without this, I wouldn't have had a Christmas meal, the only way I could have had a hot meal would be by begging on the streets."
He further added, "I spent last night sleeping outside the station where the bikes are stored, it was freezing cold. It's amazing what they have done for the homeless."
It is said that the organization was inspired to organize the event after they noticed how many homeless people missed their families and felt isolated from society in general.
Singh said, "We are getting busier and busier. The people we see here tonight are just our service users, and we recognize 90 percent of them. Through this Christmas dinner and with the support of Network Rail, we have been able to make it a bit special for them."
Last night Birmingham New Street station was transformed into a dining hall to feed 200 homeless people christmas dinner! pic.twitter.com/pIGLHzcwrv— Jamilla جميلة (@JamillaTweets) December 25, 2018