Realtors Become Homeless for the Weekend to Feed Those in Need

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

Area realtors camped out in Bowling Green to help keep food pantries stocked.

A run-in with mother nature Saturday night didn't stop the Realtors Hope for the Homeless event from helping those in need.

"We would move to a dry spot, and we'd get wet again. and move to another dry spot lightning thunder, you name it. Wind, we lost a tent last night, but we didn't lose any people. It's just so hard to be out here in this environment, when you have nowhere else to go," says volunteer Jimmy Blankenship of Saturday night's weather.

Last night's storms flooded their campground, making it more of a reality than expected.

"I mean, sleeping in those little tents which are the leisure tents for us, for others that's their home," says Realtors Community Service Committee Vice Chair, Katharina Cisco.

"I have a nice warm home to go to, and I'm going to be going back to it soon, and I can't imagine how you just could not get so depressed, and feel hopeless you know, to be in this everyday," Blankenship says.

The group is collecting nonperishable food items and money for local food banks.

"We're looking to raise hopefully, about 8,000 pounds of food. We did a little over 4,000 last year. So, we'd like to raise some more. We've gotten about probably about $5,000 in cash that we've went shopping and gotten some of the groceries, and we've had people steadily coming in today bringing us food," says Realtors Community Service Committee Chair, Cindy Payne.

The food will be given to the Warren County and Bowling Green Schools' Family Resource Centers and Hotel Inc.

Those involved with the charities say this food drive will help their summer supply, to feed children over the break.

"People don't really understand, I think that we have a greater need when school is not in session so, therefore we do work with area churches to help fill our food pantry, but events like this are great for Hotel Inc.," says Hotel Inc. President of the Board Charlene Rabold.

This group agrees, this has been harder than any camping trip they've been on, but it's worth it to feed those in need.

The Realtors Hope for the Homeless event will be going on until 9 Monday morning.

If you would like to donate, they are set up in the South Central Bank parking lot on Campbell Ln.

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