Catholic Charities Serves Hundreds Thanksgiving Dinner

Bob Roberts
November 22, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Catholic Charities brunch spread

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 CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Catholic Charities provided turkey, all of the trimmings, desserts and a visit from Cardinal Blase Cupich during a Thanksgiving brunch at the agency's headquarters.

Dozens lined up outside of its headquarters, at 721 N. LaSalle St., waiting for the doors to open at 11:30 a.m.  Its executive director, Msgr. Michael Boland, said more than 300 were fed by the time the brunch wound up at 1:30 p.m.

Cupich spoke only momentarily, saying Thanksgiving is a holiday "in which we all come together as one family."  He spent the next hour speaking with the homeless and the 100 volunteers who served them.

Catholic Charities brunch
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Gwendolyn Townsend, who is homeless and a nurse, made the most of it, asking Cupich if he could help her get back on her feet.  Following a fall, she lost her home, has a painful limp and walks with the assistance of a cane. She said the dinner and meeting with Cupich were "awesome." 

Catholic Charities plans a similar brunch Christmas Day.  It serves dinner in shifts to roughly 500 homeless people a night at its headquarters.