11/29/13. Church Group Kicked Out Of Public Park For Handing Out Thanksgiving Dinners To Homeless. Mikael Thalen, storyleak.com
A church group in Lake Worth, FL was kicked out of a public park Thursday afternoon after a park ranger spotted them feeding homeless residents.
Members from the Acts 2 Worship Center, who headed to Palm Beach County’s John Prince Park to feed the homeless, intended to teach their children a valuable lesson about the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
“We brought our kids out here so they could see what it’s really like for people that are struggling,” Acts 2 member Brian Oakes told CBS 12.
The park’s growing homeless population, many who have been hit hard by the weakening economy, were more than thankful for the warm meal.
“We’re grateful you know. They hand out, we meet the guys and stuff. They give us a prayer and everything,” homeless resident Kevin Rudd said.
Unfortunately, a Palm Beach County park ranger “just following orders” soon approached the group and demanded they leave for violating an alleged city ordinance.
“It’s very disappointing. We didn’t intend for this today,” said Brian. “ We just wanted to give the food and be able to bless people.”
Despite being told to leave, the church group sided with humanity, defying the orders as they finished handing out the rest of their meals.
After being confronted by CBS 12 reporter Israel Balderas, the park ranger declined to comment, admitting he was given “strict orders” not to discuss the matter with anyone.
“I can’t talk to you. my bosses don’t want me to talk,” the park ranger said.
According to the park ranger, who had to radio supervisors to learn the ordinance he was enforcing, feeding the homeless was not permitted by a “large group.”
Sadly, the situation in Florida is an eye-opening representation of the country’s current state, where hordes of shoppers violently fighting over fake deals are praised, and those actually engaging in thanksgiving are defied.