On Saturday, a reduced team of volunteers from our church carried on helping those who are homeless at this time, a different approach with the new restrictions in place to keep everyone safe.
This is through the Bristol Soup Run Trust who organise teams to make sure there is a soup run EVERY night of the ear.
This is an unusual time for us but one which is even more dangerous for those living on the streets.
Here are snippets of the reports from some of our volunteers:
"As we pulled up tonight we received a round of applause and cheers. Difficult to give out food when you are almost in tears. We have seen 50 people at pip (Ss Philip & James' Church). Very busy. Everyone was really helpful. They waited until we dropped bags on the floor and stepped back. No one has heard anything about hotels. Everything is shut and they were very hungry.
Just finished at Redcliff (Redcliff Hill). We had enough food for only nine people so we were really worried we would not have had enough. We found nine people waiting.... Prayer answered!
Everyone again really grateful. Happy to take food bags one at a time. It was heartbreaking out there tonight. Everyone was so grateful. So cooperative. These people shouldn’t still be on the streets. I hope the hotel promise works through quickly.
The interesting thing is that besides some of the people we know to be genuinely on the streets, there were a number of faces we haven't seen before. A reasonable number of young people (some on bikes) and we wondered if they have simply run out of money. "
Click here to watch Deacon John's film of how the team operated on Saturday night.