Local church, volunteers spread love to homeless

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Members of the Mountain Movers Ministry spent their Valentine’s Day with people they don’t even know.

“We had a young man we know out here named Peanut that died about a month ago with the exposure,” said Wade Runge, senior pastor at Mountain Movers Ministry Church.  “He couldn’t get in a homeless shelter.”

“We wanted to bring this awareness to our community.”

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They gave out warm blankets and hot meals to the homeless in Monroe Park Sunday — bringing enough pizza and soup to feed about 200 people.

“There is a real problem out here with homelessness and the churches and people in this community have a lot of opportunity to make a difference one person, one kind act at time,” Runge explained.

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Volunteers also handed out more than 100 blankets to help them stay warm on a bitter cold day like today.

“I think it is awesome,” said Nathan Everson, a local resident. “I think everybody needs support especially at a time of year when it is really cold and people don’t have any place else to go for support.”

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