PHOTOS: ‘Feast on the Street’ Christmas luncheon in Whalley

Surrey Urban Mission hosted event that served Christmas meals to more than 200 of the area's homeless and vulnerable.

Ben Pederson and Rose Ivens enjoyed their Christmas dinner at the first annual Feast on the Street event. Both have been homeless

WHALLEY — An empty storefront next to Surrey Urban Mission was transformed into a hall Friday to feed the area’s homeless and vulnerable.

Surrey Urban Mission Society (SUMS), along with the City of Surrey, an army of volunteers and help from local businesses put together the first annual Christmas luncheon “Feast on the Street” for those who are in homeless and in need.

More than 200 guests arrived to find a turkey dinner, complete with all the trimmings as well as home baking and carollers. The big guy even made an appearance, handing out gifts.

“The month of December can be difficult when you live in poverty. You watch a world that is full of joy and full of happiness, but not for you,” said Michael Musgrove, SUMS executive director. “Your world is poverty, hunger, cold, wet and full of struggles. Your world is addiction, pain, hunger and despair.

“With caring hearts, Mission staff and volunteers provide hope and encouragement to our guests,” he added.

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