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Homeless Charity Donating To Those Even Less Fortunate

As supporters pour into Bergfeld Park for that event, some less fortunate East Texans also want to help.

KLTV 7 News' Lakecia Shockley shows you how a group of east Texans with so little, have found a way to donate so much to the Blood Water Mission.

Every week, Newgate Missions provides free hot meals to homeless East Texans.

But it's what the homeless give back that their ultimate sacrifice shows.

For the past year, before every meal, the "homeless givers" have donated money to aid Blood Water in Africa.

"I've been homeless for a while and I get to help somebody else while I'm getting helped at the same time, and it's really neat in that aspect," David Woods told us todayl.

"God provides," stated Patricia Ivy. "Other people provide for us, the least we can do is provide for somebody else and I thought basic principals-that's it."

Kent McKeever and Joel Heflin head up the mission.

"It's challenged me to so much just as an individual to see people that have so little give, and be able to give so much," McKeever told us.

"It's so amazing to see person after person give really all they have, to give their last dime, their last quarter," said Heflin.

"That just blows me away when I see someone that I know...the soles are literally falling of their shoes but here they are giving 5 or 10 dollars."

It's a clear, unselfish message to all of us.

"I hope that all of east Texas will see that even the least of these can do something great when they allow God to use them."

The people at Newgate Missions have raised nearly $2,000 dollars so far.

The event is next Tuesday, July 1st, from 7:30 to 9 pm at Bergfeld Park in Tyler.

The free concert by Sara Groves will be followed by a message by New York Times bestselling author Donald Miller, author of 'Blue Like Jazz'.

Lakecia Shockley, reporting. lshockley@kltv.com  

 

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