Church group ordered
to stop feeding homeless on Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving to all, but apparently not for the homeless living at Palm Beach County’s John Prince Park in Lake Worth.
A dozen church members from Acts 2 Worship Center in Loxahatchee showed up with packaged Thanksgiving meals. "We brought our kids out here so they could see what it’s really like for people that are struggling,” said church member Brian Oakes.
A Palm Beach County park ranger came up to the church group and ordered them to stop and leave. The ranger said he was ordered to warn the church members that they were violating county ordinances. When he was asked to cite the specific law that gave him the authority to kick out church members from a public park, he couldn’t do it. So he called dispatch to ask for help.
Dispatch said that feeding the homeless was not a permitted activity by a large group.
Read the 12 News story here.