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Group to hold free year-end feast for the disadvantaged

HELP!The foundation said it still needs about 1,000 volunteers to help serve dishes to about 220,000 people at the Feb. 5 banquet nationwide

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff writer, with CNA

The Genesis Social Welfare Foundation yesterday started distributing tickets to the homeless, the disadvantaged and elderly people living alone for its 23rd nationwide year-end feast, aiming to warm up their bodies and minds for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.

According to the foundation, tickets will be given away daily until Friday from 1:30pm to 5pm at the Huajiang Wild Duck Nature Park in Taipei’s Wanhua District (萬華).

A number of social welfare groups have also been entrusted to distribute the tickets to the socially and economically disadvantaged groups.

Recipients will have free access to the foundation’s year-end banquet, which will be held at noon on Feb. 5 in 14 locations across the country, the foundation said.

About 3,000 tables will be set up for the event, which is expected to attract as many as 30,000 people — including low-income households, senior citizens living alone and single parents, according to the foundation.

The Taipei event is to be held at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall’s Liberty Square in Zhongzheng District (中正), with 2,000 tables that can accommodate about 20,000 people, the foundation said.

However, with only 15 days left until the popular banquet, the foundation said it was still short of volunteers to help serve dishes.

“Because the event is being held on a working day, the foundation is still short of 1,000 volunteers for the year-end feast,” it said.

People interested in working as volunteers can sign up at www.genesis.org.tw.

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