Ahwatukee Group Brings Homeless ‘Hope on the Highway’
Earlier this year, Ahwatukee resident Jason Tollefson began to notice how he reacted to seeing homeless people on the roadside.
“I found myself pulling up to stoplights and noticing the homeless, but looking away,” Tollefson told the Ahwatukee Foothills News. “I did not like the idea of giving money, because I did not know where the money would go, and I didn’t want to feed a bad habit. But at the same time, I didn’t like looking away and ignoring a fellow human being in need.”
After approaching Mountain View Lutheran Church about starting a community service project to help these destitute individuals, Hope on the Highway was born, the newspaper said. The program collects non-perishable food items such as beef jerky, coffee mix and instant oatmeal, as well as basic necessities such as ChapStick, hand sanitizer and socks. And the program is even getting kids involved.
“Anytime the kids are in the car with their parents, they can have the bags with them,” Tollefson reportedly said. “When at an intersection or highway exit, it’s easy, unfortunately, to find someone in need and give them a bag.”
The church is collecting items from Feb. 14 through March 6.
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