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The 'true' angels of Christmas Eve

A large queue formed to receive the food being handed out on Christmas Eve. :: Álvaro Cabrera
A large queue formed to receive the food being handed out on Christmas Eve. :: Álvaro Cabrera
  • The Ángeles Malagueños de la Noche association handed out 3,000 meals and 50,000 kilos of food to the underprivileged in the centre of Malaga

Numerous people waited hours on Christmas Eve to receive a meal of potato omelette, chicken and vegetables plus some packets of non-perishable foodstuffs.

“Some people have been waiting here all night, others since 6am,” explained Antonio Meléndez, the president of the Ángeles Malagueños association.

The 50,000 kilos of foodstuffs were all donated by people in Malaga. “Those that have the least are usually those that give the most,” said one of the volunteers for the association who explained how it has become more of a large family, with many people coming “just to speak to someone and enjoy some company”.

It isn't only at Christmas that the group arrange for food for those that are struggling economically; they provide breakast, lunch and dinner to around 1,000 people every day.

Among the many that need help are the 'invisible people'. They are the ones that try to appear to be living a normal life but have to come to the association in order to eat.

Last year around 1,700 people came and collected 3,000 meals but every year the number of people in Malaga without sufficient means to buy food continues to grow.