Be moved, and help on November 22nd
We all ask for help, and we are aware in different ways, shapes, and forms, others cry out for help. However, there are those whose voices may not always be heard, and even when they are seen, people may turn a blind eye to helping.
But not Jerry Pope, and not for a "look-at-me" approach, but taking a look inward to reach out to those outward.
For the past few years, Pope, along with his family, friends, members of his fraternity (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.), fellow Black Greek Letter Organizations, and other concerned individuals, volunteer their time to support those in need. Venturing where many pass by and few actually stick around, his volunteer efforts initially focus on feeding the homeless on Thanksgiving and in recent years, the day before Thanksgiving (also referred to as "Thanksgiving Eve"). Evolving from feeding the homeless, there's multiple tiers of service and serving others in providing what lift and access possible to those in need.
As is the case since 2015, the call is more than providing a hot meal consisting of donated turkey and chicken, bread, vegetables, and other related food items. Given the declining temperatures associated with this time of year, there is a call for donated items such as travel sized toiletries, socks, blankets, jackets, sweaters, gloves, and scarves (for kids and adults).
Each year, there's a need and call for volunteers. Adults and their children are welcome to volunteer in food preparation, collecting and making donations, and helping distribute items. This year's "push" begins at 6:30pm on November 22, 2017 at 395 Piedmont Ave NE in Atlanta. Once prepared, canvassing and distribution to those in needs commences.
There are a number of people who do take time to volunteer during the holidays and beyond. In the unassuming nature of Mr. Pope, the annual drive is a reminder of doing more than just giving thanks. It's about being proactive during a time of year when the needs are even more magnified and making sure to spotlight is put on the needs of the many (click HERE to learn more and to volunteer or donate).
This Wednesday, there's a movement to help; be moved to help...