Volunteers Take Care of Homeless
COLUMBIA - Around 50 volunteers devoted their day Wednesday serving Columbians in need. Project Homeless Connects held its 2nd annual event that helps Columbia's homeless. Food and services are all donated by businesses in the Columbia and Fulton area.
Participants could receive free massages, haircuts, eye and medical exams, lunch, and even a tarp and tent. The program aims to empower people and make them feel important. It informs them about job and health information they can use for the future.
Organizer Gary Stoner said, "With the homeless, people think negative thoughts and here, you know, I can walk around and see all the homeless here. I can walk up them, talk to them, they tell me their story."
The event aims to give back to the community and shed a more positive light on the homeless. At least 116 people came to enjoy the event Wednesday. Children had the opportunity to play with toys, take home books, and get a little extra attention. For the people that came out, organizers wanted to make sure they knew the day was devoted to them.
One participant said the best part of his day was, "Being here, having these people out here doing this for us, you know, that's it."
July 28 is officially Project Homeless Connect Day in Columbia.