VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) – It's estimated 643,000 Americans were homeless on any given night last year. It's National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week and a new campaign is underway.
Melanie Braun is homeless. "Nobody is hiring even with a GED or even a college degree it's hard to get a job now. Nobody wants to hire," she said.
She depends on the South Georgia Partnership to End Homelessness for help. "Without them we wouldn't have clothes, food to eat all through the month we would be hungry," Braun said.
The partnership kicked off it's first annual "Triple H" campaign or Have a Heart for the Homeless. Lowndes County is just one of the 18 counties they serve.
More than a thousand people in Lowndes County are homeless-- 35 percent are families with children that's why their taking donations like warm clothing and blankets for the upcoming winter months.
"I'm asking them to give. Give to your heart's content. Have compassion for what's going on right now due to the economy. We are living in trying times when people who have never been homeless before are losing everything," said Diane West, South Ga. Partnership to End Homelessness director.
They're collecting monetary donations, food and clothing all week long and will give them out to the homeless on Saturday at Olympic park.
"Everyone needs to learn about these people because these are the ones that are helping when everyone else is shutting their doors," said Braun.
Despite her hardships, Melanie Braun remains hopeful that she'll find a job and find a home.
And just by the simple act of giving, you can help fight homelessness. You can also arrange a pick for your donated items. The South Georgia Partnership to End Homelessness also have several drop off sites.
Donations are being collected during Georgia's Homeless Awareness Week November 1-5, 2010 at all Valdosta area fire departments, Lowndes High School, and at SGPEH's office located in Leila Ellis Social Service Building 601 N Lee street in Valdosta, suite 131.