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Restoring Hope volunteers to help the homeless clean up at Ave. A underpass

Published: Jul. 22, 2015 at 8:38 PM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 2:26 PM CDT
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Restoring Hope Lubbock will host a campaign to pass out trash bags to the homeless at the Avenue A and Broadway underpass on Saturday morning.

Jeni Castillo says they decided to assemble a team of volunteers and help the homeless clean up the mess after seeing our KCBD story about it Monday night:

RELATED STORY: Homeless take refuge at Avenue A underpass

The City of Lubbock Solid Waste Department has agreed to donate a truck to transport the trash to and from the landfill, along with safety vests, gloves, tools and garbage bags.

"Sometimes it's easier in society to complain, rather than to get up and do something about it," Castillo said. "I thought, 'Today, we are going to take care of it,' and give the homeless the opportunity to do that."

Restoring Hope started as a group of five volunteers who joined together about seven months ago to meet the homeless after business hours when they no longer have shelter. They educate them about the help they can receive to try and help get them out of their situation.

So far, Castillo said they have helped nine people get off the streets.

They also have a campaign started where they hand the homeless trash bags along Avenue Q to encourage them to clean the area they frequent.

"We understand that some see them as a nuisance," Castillo said, "and we see them as humans who are lost and need someone to be there encouraging them and helping them."

Restoring Help is looking for volunteers to help them this Saturday. They plan to provide a meal in appreciation for the volunteers.

To find out how to help, visit their Facebook page:

FACEBOOK: Restoring Hope - Lubbock

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