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Helping the homeless around the world

As temperatures fall, there are still thousands of homeless people living on the streets. Here's how people in the U.S., France, and Hungary are helping.

The homeless crisis can feel overwhelming, but here are people finding extraordinary ways to make a difference

Jakes Heart

Meanwhile, in Frisco, Texas, 9-year-old Jake has been distributing toiletries, sleeping bags and blankets to the homeless living in his town and surrounding areas. At only 4 years old, he created "Jake's heart", an association to help the homeless. Every year, the association helps 4,000 people. It receives donations from across the country but also from Canada. According to the US government, in 2018, more than 550,000 people were homeless in the country.

Une couverture pour l’hiver (A Blanket for Winter)

The association operates thanks to donations. The distribution of resources for the homeless costs between 500 and 1000 euros an outing. President of the organization Clara every week, roams the streets of Paris to give blankets, sleeping bags and toiletries to the homeless during the winter. For Clara, it is also, and most importantly, a way to break the permanent isolation of the homeless. In one year, the association has helped more than 1,250 homeless people.

Budapest Bike Maffia

Zoltán Havasi is the founder of the Hungarian civil society organization "Budapest Bike Maffia". A group of cyclists who pedal through the streets of Budapest to distribute hot meals and blankets to the homeless. The idea came to him 8 years ago during the Christmas period. Since then, Zoltan and the organization's 150 volunteers have been cooking meals and raising funds thanks to donations. Bike Maffia distributed more than 4,000 meals throughout the capital. In 2018, the Hungarian government passed a law prohibiting the homeless from sleeping in public spaces. Today, there are reportedly more than 15,000 homeless people across the country and only 11,000 places available in emergency shelters.

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12/17/2019 11:19 AM
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108 comments

  • Mary V.
    2 days

    Your wonderful

  • Jose R.
    2 days

    Well

  • Jo L.
    2 days

    Some of these people have fulltime jobs, still can't afford life.

  • Margaret M.
    3 days

    GOD BLESS YOU 🙏 FOR BLESSING ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO NEED A BLESSING 😘💕♥️💥💕♥️💥

  • Kat C.
    6 days

    Now only if we do that here that would be good we all need to help one another

  • Marcy N.
    6 days

    God bless u Jake. U are one of Gods angels. Continue to grow n love💜

  • Helen G.
    7 days

    ሰው መርዳት ሰው ለመሆን በቂ ነው😘

  • Angie M.
    01/14/2020 18:06

    Thank GOD for all you wonderful human beings that are helping the homeless and the hungry spreading love, & hope

  • Dave R.
    01/14/2020 00:01

    Shame..... A 4 year old does more than our own govt🤷

  • Teri J.
    01/13/2020 07:38

    May God bless and help them all.

  • Lisa L.
    01/13/2020 06:13

    God bless these wonderful people's

  • Micheal S.
    01/12/2020 14:27

    Future looks great with people like this

  • Dwight G.
    01/11/2020 21:24

    Good job

  • Terry R.
    01/10/2020 20:59

    That was touching my heart God bless you Jake's heart and to the people who helped

  • Marisol C.
    01/10/2020 11:23

    Que Dios los bendiga por lo que el está haciendo

  • Alexandra R.
    01/09/2020 17:53

    What a beautiful little boy. Jakes Heart is such a fitting name too. Keep it up buddy

  • Byron B.
    01/09/2020 03:24

    And A Little Child Shall Lead The Way

  • Clayton T.
    01/09/2020 01:46

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I welcome you our future President of the United states

  • Jennifer G.
    01/08/2020 23:44

    I hope this goes viral such a positive, and amazing child

  • Mooch S.
    01/08/2020 04:14

    I'm surprised it's not ilegal to help them ....good job kido