PORTLAND, Maine (CBS) — A church in Portland, Maine will open its doors Christmas Day for anyone who needs to come in from the cold, including asylum seekers. The basement of Saint Luke’s Cathedral will serve as a warm space for people to spend the day.
More than 100 volunteers signed up to help.READ MORE: Thousands Lose Power As Strong Winds Spread Damage Across Several Towns
“Christmas Day, other places are closed,” said Benjamin Shambaugh, the church’s pastor. “The library is closed, stores are closed so where do people go? So we thought ‘Well why don’t they come here?'”READ MORE: 'It Can Work,' Summer Camps Will Be Open, But They'll Look A Lot Different
The Maine Rights Coalition will be providing asylum seekers with essentials like toothbrushes and toothpaste.
“To be able to give that on Christmas Day and to start this program–It’s just a wonderful honoring of what Christmas is about,” said Linda Carleton, the church’s outreach committee chair.MORE NEWS: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments