Life is hard when you have no place to live and are pretty much rejected by society. This is a reality homeless people live day in and day out. There are few people out there who actually take time to make are the homeless are taken care of. Feeding the homeless is one way evangelists and other do-gooders do this. According to Local 10 Miami, three men face charges and jail time in Fort Lauderdale right now for doing just that.
On a Sunday afternoon, Christian pastors, Dwayne Black of The Sanctuary Church in Fort Lauderdale, and Mark Sims of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs along with 90-year-old “Good Samaritan,” Arnold Abbot took it upon themselves to give food to the less fortunate on the street in Fort Lauderdale. While feeding the homeless, the men’s ministry was stopped by police who told them to drop the plates. This may sound absurd, but Fort Lauderdale recently imposed an ordinance banning the public sharing of food. All three men face $500 fines and 60-day jail sentences for their noble deed.
Abbot has been feeding Fort Lauderdale’s homeless for 20 years. In 1999, the city attempted to stop him from feeding the homeless on Fort Lauderdale Beach, but he filed a successful lawsuit against them. He plans to take the city back to court. “I’m going to have to go to court again and sue the city of Fort Lauderdale — a beautiful city. These are the poorest of the poor, they have nothing, they don’t have a roof over their heads. How do you turn them away?”
In fact, Abbott plans on feeding the homeless again soon. “I don’t do things to purposefully aggravate the situation,” he said. “I’m trying to work with the city. Any human has the right to help his fellow man.”