Fulton County Homeless Initiative
August 7, 2011
August 6, 2011 -- Two and a half hours is all it took for the Fulton County sheriff's department to run out of food. It was not because they were ill-prepared, it was they had almost doubled their expectations in half the time. The sheriff's office planned to have enough food and supplies to hand out to about 300 members of Atlanta's homeless population. By 1:30 p.m. they had already served 375, with more in line. But that didn't spoil the attitudes of the volunteers. "I love people. I'll do anything to help people," said Willie, one of the volunteers and a local chaplain who has been homeless himself and knows how welcoming help like this is to those in a rough situation.
The event, which was set to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Renaissance Park, was part of a yearly community outreach program by the Fulton County sheriff's department to help combat some of Atlanta's largest issues with compassion rather than force. Lieutenant Bryan McGee who spearheaded the event wanted to make sure that Atlanta's homeless did not feel forgotten by the city. The sheriff's department uses events like this one to show the "softer" side of the law and help combat some of the stereotypes that are perpetuated throughout the community.
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People came from as far as 3 miles out to receive a warm meal from church and county volunteers.
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