Fred Kinder, a sales employee with Ramey Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram in West Virginia, started a sleeping bag giveaway last year in partnership with Charlotte based non-profit Hope Uprising. The Princeton, WV man noted that when he saw the homeless people in Charlotte, his heart melted and he knew he had to do something.
Kinder, along with family members, friends, and fellow employees made the trek down to the Queen City last night with a trailer full of sleeping bags, and 4 cars full of warm hearts.
“We really want to help people with the very basic need of staying warm, many of the people we helped last year would have frozen to death without somewhere warm to sleep.” Kinder commented in a recent Princeton news article.
Kinder’s new non-profit, Warm a Heart, Give a Bed, just became official last month. This year, the organization delivered over 1,500 sleeping bags to various towns and cities around West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
He’s hoping to spread even more warmth and love next year throughout the southeast.