People need to understand the reality of homelessness. No one grows up saying, “I want to be an alcoholic. I want to be a drug addict.” Everyone deserves to eat. Everyone deserves clean underwear. Everyone deserves clean clothes. Everyone needs hope. When you lose hope, you lose it all.
When I was six years old, I was living in New York. In New York, homeless people live in cardboard boxes. You can see it all over the city. It’s the norm, but it bothered me. So even though my family was struggling, I nagged my mother so much she finally let me make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless.
My friend Cathy helped me make the Facebook group, “Because WE Care...We Are...Blessing Warriors #RVA
” and a year and a half later we have over 18 hundred members. Our members are all fantastic. I can go on there and say, “I don’t have any Gatorade” and I will receive enough for three or four hot days. We give out a minimum of 300 bottles of water and Gatorade a day. We use my friend Sharon’s store, Peace Pieces as a drop-off place, so I can come to one destination to pick up what people are donating. She even has a little box in her store where people can put monetary donations.
We go out and serve sometimes three or four times a day. The homeless see our truck coming and they start yelling, “Hey Miss Rhonda! Have you got something to eat?” We pull over and if we have what they need, we give it to them and if we don’t have what they need, we go back and see if we can get it for them.
I don’t have a house to put them in. I don’t have everything they need, but I can feed them and give them something to drink. You think about how big problems are and it’s easy to think of everything you don’t have. I’m just using what I do have. If everyone does a little something, we could really help people. - Rhonda Sneed with Blessing Warriors Cathy Davis and Sharron Boswell, #RVA
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