A forte of the Kraków open-air wigilia is the no-questions-asked approach.
Which is good if it targets the right people and not a bunch of freeloaders.
That means the indigent are not lumped together and fed in some homeless shelter but get to socialise with people from all over the country -- homeless, poor, lonely, recently released exconvicts or whatever
This is not how Jan Kościuszko attracts donations for ' Wigilia Jan Kościuszko' I consider the Kościuszko 100% self promotion and badly packaged if this happened in the UK, it would be exposed in the media for what it is. It is just so trendy in Poland to be in a foundation or part of one. The nice thing about philanthropy is being anonymous.
That would surely not be in the the spirit of Christmas sharing.
I figured if all those people came out on Christmas Eve to stand in line for free food instead of spending it with the family around the supper table - then they are needy indeed
You would be correct and if these modern day Polish philanthropists understood one of the lonely days of the year for people with no family is on Christmas eve/ Christmas day. They would in fact organise the event effectively instead of making a free lunch for all on the last sunday before Chrismas eve, this year the ' Wigilia Jan Kościuszko' was on the 23rd of December NOT the 24th December. If you are going to do an charitable event do it right and focus 100% on the needy NOT the freeloaders.