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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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125 comments

  • Dazz S.
    04/24/2020 15:42

    ... May you be Guided by the Creator .. The Almighty..

  • Araceli N.
    01/31/2020 15:48

    Blessings

  • JayDe Z.
    01/31/2020 11:42

    This is inspiring

  • Alma A.
    01/31/2020 06:32

    Amen

  • Rhonda T.
    01/30/2020 13:20

    Wish everyone could be like this in tha world 🙏🏾💯

  • Kim R.
    01/28/2020 23:42

    Keep doing what you're doing little fellow....TO GOD BE THE GLORY💞❤🥰

  • Angelica R.
    01/28/2020 23:20

    That’s sooo beautiful and amazing.. Thank you for helping out the homeless.. Your such amazing young boy who is willing to go out to help the homeless.. May God bless you 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️

  • Tikiasha B.
    01/28/2020 23:19

    It is too many Rich folks in this world for them for all these homeless people to be out on the streets... Especially the ones that's not using drugs.... imma give her I'm always giving and I just wish one day that maybe I could be one of the people that can help the homeless give them somewhere to stay give them a job and everything.

  • Mark B.
    01/28/2020 17:35

    Sad when a kid can do more than a company that's supposedly suppose to help people out but the owners are all millionaires

  • Shaggy G.
    01/28/2020 00:47

    We need more people like little boy whit big ❤

  • Elizabeth H.
    01/27/2020 04:51

    Thank you Jake for helping the homeless .GOD Bless You Always.

  • Brenda C.
    01/26/2020 23:45

    God bless you always

  • Brenda B.
    01/26/2020 18:44

    This needs to get to ellen DeGeneres acts of kindness page these young people need to be recognized for all the good they are doing especially with all the bad that is going on in this world

  • Marshall R.
    01/26/2020 04:38

    Awesome bless his heart 💓

  • SulaMarie D.
    01/25/2020 22:10

    He is Literally a Kinded heart Young fella as he Really is a great help to the Homeless. Stay as you are dont give up. You really are going to be rewarded for The job youre doing. Much love and respect to you Jake. God is watching and as he is watching he will guide you everyway and everyday. We need our kids and Grown up to watch this video. God

  • Abra P.
    01/24/2020 00:47

    550tho? That's not even close bubb but thanks lil dude buddy!

  • Serina M.
    01/23/2020 20:19

    Loving young man' 🙌💯👍

  • Alison T.
    01/23/2020 17:28

    God bless you son

  • Mary V.
    01/20/2020 04:48

    Your wonderful

  • Jose R.
    01/20/2020 03:24

    Well