Fred Kinder, a sales employee with Ramey Ford in West Virginia, started a sleeping bag giveaway a few years ago 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 this past weekend with a truck full of sleeping bags, and several cars full of warm hearts. A total of 35 people traveled down to the Queen City (including 20 high school students), along with several volunteers from Charlotte’s Vision Church, to love on those who were freezing on our streets.
The group passed out over 400 sleeping bags, plus dozens of hats, gloves, and socks;
The Warm A Heart Give A Bed organization has been passing out sleeping bags for several years now – they first came down to Charlotte about two years ago.
We recorded this video of their first trip to the Queen City;
“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.
Kinder’s new non-profit, Warm a Heart, Give a Bed now delivers thousands of free sleeping bags each year 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.