KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A group dedicated to helping the homeless has erected a wall of love on the east side of the city.
On Friday, volunteers packed the chain link fence near E. 25 Street and Indiana Avenue with plastic bags filled with toiletries, toiletries, baby toys and snacks.
Walls of Love is a charity founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 2018 by Holly Jackson.
She decided to return after experiencing homelessness during her pregnancy.
“One of the things I do with walls is try to educate people,” she said. “There are a lot of misconceptions that people who are homeless or needy are drug addicts or alcoholics or that they are irresponsible with their money. All is wrong. The biggest demographic in need of help are veterans who signed blank checks to care for all of us and our freedoms.”
Jackson said she hopes that the pandemic will bring more understanding to those in need of housing.
“The pandemic has taught us all that we only have one pandemic or one major crisis away from everyone in the same circumstances, so it is really important for us to learn to be less judgmental. consider and give more love and compassion to the community. ”
To date, 990 Walls of Love have been erected in 20 different states. You can learn more about the project here.