Richmond, VA—A group of neighbors is literally "hitting the streets" and inspiring others to give back a little…to fill a big need.
For Kevin Sterlings, giving back isn't just about helping out his fellow neighbors…it's also about honoring his grandfather, whose teachings inspired him to found the Jeremiah Memorial Foundation.
"My grandfather always told me it is better to give than to receive, especially during the holiday season," Kevin said. "It fills my heart with a lot of joy to be able to come out here and see smiles on everybody's faces."
His group, Jeremiah Memorial Foundation holds four events per year, called "Hitting the Streets." Volunteers hand out basic necessities like hats, gloves and hygiene products to those less fortunate.
This season's "Hitting the Streets" event kicked off Sunday afternoon in Monroe Park. People lined up as soon as it started, and within minutes, all of the items were gone.
Volunteer Michelle Smith said the recipients were happy to get the items, as usual. "They're very thankful and grateful for the things we have been doing for them in the community."
Sterlings said the large turnout of the event shows the great need for programs that lend a helping hand in Richmond. He hopes his organizations can make a difference, and inspire others to chip in, as well.
"We may tend to look the other way and give a blind eye at times, but there are individuals who are actually struggling," said Kevin. "My goal is to make people aware of that and it's okay to give a helping hand."
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