Saturday, September 6, 2014

People Helping People

Arnold Harvey has been working for Waste Management as a waste collection driver for the past 25 years. He drives a night route and services different areas of Washington, D.C. In 2007, Arnold started noticing a growing number of people––particularly families––sleeping on the streets. Arnold organized a collection among his waste management coworkers to gather food and clothing for the homeless. As customers on his route began to hear about his efforts, they began donating items to the cause, too. Arnold began arming himself with "love bags" filled with homemade sandwiches, food, toiletries and blankets to give to the homeless. 
Arnold, along with his wife Theresa, decided to start a small, nonprofit organization called God's Connection Transition (GCT). The Harveys partner with several grocery stores and local shops and they've convinced them to donate their surplus supplies to their organization. During the week Arnold and his wife distribute items to local churches, homeless shelters and community centers. They also rent a warehouse that they've turned into a small grocery store where people who need assistance can come and "shop" and get groceries free of charge. Through these efforts, the Harveys provide donated food and supplies to roughly 5000 families each month. 
Imagine what the world would be like if people acted a little more like Arnold Harvey! If we all do a little, we accomplish A LOT!
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