Church Donates Blankets to Homeless

By: Bill Steckis Email
By: Bill Steckis Email

"We've always has a growing passion for people who are poor,"
That is the sentiment of University Lutheran Chapel Pastor Bill Steinbauer. As his worship team rehearses for the Christmas service, Steinbauer sings the praises of giving back. "There is a community of people underneath this west o street bridge and we thought well what do they need? So we went to down there and asked them what do they need and they said blankets."

So, he and his church members have been collecting and donating blankets to the homeless. "What happens is they go our during th eday and try to warm up and then the blankets get stolen during the day so they are constantly needing to replace the blankets."

There's no rehearsal for living a homeless live and that's what struck Pastor Steinbauer as he and his crew handed out the blankets under this bridge on West O Street. He says some of the people here do not want to help themselves, but for many of them, it's just bad luck. "One guy, an American Indian grew up with a mom who was addicted to meth and so he had no upbringing and so basically from a young boy on, he was on his own," Said Steinbauer.

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