‘Feet on the streets’ helps homeless population
To Camille Bransom, kindness matters isn’t a choice, it’s a lifestyle she fully embraces. This is the second year that Bransom has helped organize a homeless outreach to pass out backpacks full of goods at various distribution points frequented by the homeless.
“This event is called Christmas in July, but we also call it ‘feet on the streets’” Bransom said. “We do another Christmas event that is similar in December, but instead of handing out hot food and drinks with the packs, we are handing out cold drinks and cold treats because it has been so hot.”
A benefit concert helped raise funds to buy non-perishable food items and hygiene kits. Goodwill Industries and the Tarrant County Women’s Center donated the backpacks. A list of community resources were included in the packs which had the phone number of shelters, medical services and job assistance printed on them. The team was able to hand out 100 packs.
“We were really fortunate that everything came together and that we were able to help so many people,” Bransom said.
This is the second year that Bransom, who owns The Hub on Renfro Street, has done Christmas in July. Her goal is to help people find a way out of homelessness and into stable jobs and living situations. A team of volunteers met at The Hub to organize donated items and to sort through a mound of backpacks.
“It’s usually just people coming together to do something good, but we got some additional help this year that we weren’t expecting which was a huge blessing,” she said. “It keeps evolving every year.”
There are approximately 1,787 homeless individuals in Fort Worth, according to the City of Fort Worth website. Families make up 20 percent, children 14 percent and veterans eight percent.
“This provides resources and hope for the community,” Bransom said. “It also gives an outlet for people to get outside their comfort zones and do something bigger than themselves.”
Bransom thinks it is important that children understand the plight of homelessness. Several children and teens volunteered their time, along with their parents.
“These kids sees lifestyle they don’t know about and it really humbles them, and me for that matter,” Bransom said.