On December 25, volunteers from St. Vartan Cathedral gathered at the Diocesan Center in New York to host an outreach luncheon for some of the city’s more vulnerable residents.
The St. Vartan Cathedral Community partnered with the Community of Sant’Egidio, a Roman Catholic lay association, to serve a hot meal for about 150 people who found themselves homeless, alone, or in difficult straits on Christmas Day.
Some 30 volunteers from the Cathedral and Sant’Egidio communities prepared and served food in Haik and Alice Kavookjian Auditorium. In advance of the day, they had collected warm clothing and other items to be given as gifts to the visitors.
“One of the most important aspects of the gathering was its personal, family-like nature,” said Fr. Davit Karamyan, who as the new cathedral vicar organized the event along with Sona Haratunian and Dn. Eric Vozzy. “Our volunteers sat and talked with the guests, selected gifts suitable to each one. Earlier, members of the Sant’Egidio group had gone to city shelters, Port Authority, and elsewhere to extend personal invitations to each guest.”
“It was a beautiful way to remember our Lord in the season of his birth,” he said.
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