Ark. homeless advocates share mission, hope to get others involved

Ark. homeless advocates open up about mission

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A recent survey found there are at least 990 homeless in the Little Rock area, with more than half of whom live outside.

The non-profit The Van works to help them. Sunday it was the organization’s mission to get others involved.

“This is just a chance to open our doors to the public to come see what we’re working with, see if you want to get in on it,” said Aaron Reddin, The Van Founder.

The van has necessities like toothpaste, soap, clothes, and other items that those without a home may otherwise not have access to.

“I’m here to see what all they have,” said 8-year-old Madison Davenport.

Davenport told THV11 she has a special place in her heart for the homeless, which is why she showed up to the open house.

“My dad is a homeless person and I want him to be safe and also the other homeless people too. It just means a lot to me," said Davenport.

Davenport told THV11 she still sees him from time to time, but knowing her dad is out there along with others, gives her more reason to want to help The Van. Every day, volunteers with The Van head out to different areas in Central Arkansas and ask the homeless what they need, whether it be water, toiletries, or clothing.

“That’s our job as a society, to take care of people who need help and if you have the ability, I think you should," said one of the drivers, Caleb Alexander-McKinzie.

Reddin has been outspoken in his criticism of the city's plans to place restrictions on homeless feedings. Some members of the group will be outside City Hall on Tuesday when the topic is expected to come up at the city board meeting.

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