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Hundreds Walk to Help Homeless

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Over 500 people took to the streets in the fifth annual "Walk a Mile in My Shoes' event. The Reno Sparks Gospel Mission says today's walk was successful because they raised thousands of dollars to help the needy.

They walked a mile from Wingfield Park to the Reno Sparks Gospel Mission Saturday to experience what it's like to be homeless on a cold February morning.

"Our shelters can hold most of them, but there are a lot of folks who are still under a bridge, on the railroad tracks, or in parks," said Reno Sparks Gospel Mission Executive Director Rick Redding.

Different business groups competed to see who could raise the most, and the winner, a Walmart store in Gardnerville, won a trophy. All of the funds raised goes directly back to the homeless community in terms of meals, shelter, clothing, and other supplies.

"To see that long line of people walking is incredible. To have people come out, give up a Saturday morning in support of the homeless makes it all worth it," said Redding.

Even those who have been on the streets themselves walked today, not only to show support for others, but to prove a point.

"Most people would just walk by," said Jeffrey Hemsley, a man who used to be homeless. "I think it really helps out with the whole mindset that we're people too."

 

Written by Landon Miller

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