LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's a sign of the times and a growing problem in the city of Lubbock - homelessness. Thousands are without a roof over their heads each night and one 14-year-old has made it his mission to help.
To earn status as an Eagle Scout you've got to help the community in some way that makes a difference. After months of planning Jonathan Beck got to see the difference he helped make. "I decided to take a little different trend, but either way helps people no matter what," says Beck.
Beck picked a cause that he sees as a growing problem. "The homeless situation in Lubbock - I think most people don't know about it. If they do they don't pay enough attention to it," adds Beck.
About six months ago Beck teamed up with Family Promise to help those in need that Carpenter's Church serves. Beck received enough donations from churches and schools to assemble 70 backpacks, 20 more than his initial goal. Inside the donated backpacks were soaps, towels, bottled water, toothpaste and socks, the things most take for granted. "I appreciate a lot what you've done for the homeless," says Alan Read as he shakes Beck's hand.
Read, with Family Promise, worked with Beck on this project and says he couldn't be prouder that Beck chose this cause. "Jonathan has stepped up and provided for our homeless friends and neighbors," adds Read.
"It's gratifying to see your son want to reach out and help other people. It was almost a bigger goal than he could handle, but in a lot of ways he's accomplished his goals, just by touching so many lives and increasing awareness," says Suzie Liner, Beck's mother.
Those receiving, say it's care they can carry around with them. "It means a lot to everybody here. I know this will come in handy. I really appreciate it. I really do," said one backpack recipient. "People care. Sometimes it don't feel like it, but now I know they do," said another.
Beck says he hopes his project brings more attention to homelessness. "I understand if I was in this position, I wouldn't want to be overlooked. I'd like someone to care for me and to know someone knows about our situation," says Beck. ‘
Beck added another merit to an already decorated uniform, a purple ribbon representing homelessness awareness. He hopes to have completed enough steps to become an Eagle Scout in November.
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