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Monday, October 30

Virginia Panhandling Epidemic Becomes a Non-Profit

Our little educational community group has become a newly formed non-profit, Blessing Bags!

Over the last two years, the Virginia Panhandling Epidemic group has educated people on the differences on homelessness, panhandling and has had a great impact on changing the laws in Roanoke City to keep panhandlers off the median in our streets, thus keeping panhandlers safe as well as the drivers that pass-by too!

We've helped homeless people such as Rosie, by raising more than $750 to get her the medical attention she needed for her pneumonia and to put her in a motel for a week, purchasing her a bus ticket to North Carolina where she lives with her family and has a job as a part time housekeeper.

We've helped the community by educating them about the issues of panhandling and to help in other various ways than to give people money. Since then, our group started making bags filled with various hygiene items and started passing them out to various homeless people and the panhandlers in need.

Finally this year, we helped a homeless man names Karrit, who was living in his van with his dog Gur. Karrit had been stuck in the Roanoke area for the last three months and he simply wanted to get back to his family in Mississippi. Our group raised more than $800 in order to get his van repairs, keep him in a hotel while his van was being repairs and we were able to get him back home. We're happy to report that he now has a job as a cable TV repairman too!

Starting November 1st, 2017, the group name has changed to the Blessing Bag Program, a small 501c3 (EIN: 82-2171108) non profit public charity that provides bags filled with various hygiene and food items to those that are homeless, families with small children and senior citizens in need.

We're excited to change from a small online community group of concerned citizens to a 501c3 non-profit. We will be focusing solely on creating blessing bags for homeless people, families with small kids that live in poverty and some senior citizens as well.

Is the director of the Blessing Bag Program which started in 2016. From personally funding the program to becoming a small non-profit, Joshua not only oversee's the making of the bags ,but works with others in the community to make sure they get into the hands of the homeless and needy. Joshua runs the program in his spare time when not working fulltime.

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