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Group offers free Christmas lunch for Stockholm's homeless

Published torsdag 17 december 2015 kl 14.48
"We decided that we should do something"
(1:34 min)
Stockholm Stadsmission's Christmas lunch in Kungsträdgården. Photo: Ryan Tebo / Radio Sweden.
Stockholm Stadsmission's Christmas lunch in Kungsträdgården. Photo: Ryan Tebo / Radio Sweden.

Now in its fourth year, the Stockholm Stadsmission charity dished out its Christmas lunch in Kungsträdgården Thursday to help the city's homeless.

Event organizers Johan Turesson and Anders Sewerin got the idea during a blizzard in Stockholm four years ago. The bad weather made them think about how difficult winters must be for homeless people. So they gathered friends and resources to hand out a free Christmas lunch in the Kungsträdgården park in central Stockholm.

"We decided that we should do something because it must be awful to be outside in that kind of weather," Turesson said.

The event was primarily intended to give a free meal to those in need, but it also collects money from others aren't homeless and pay at least SEK 100 for the lunch. That money goes to help support the charity, which works to help homeless and poor people in Stockholm.

Turesson told Radio Sweden before noon that they expected at least two thousand people to come to the outdoors lunch in the park.

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