St. Peter’s offers winter backpacks to homeless people in Colombia


The bags, filled with woolen hats, woolen gloves, toiletries and hand warmers, are given to people in shelters and living on the streets.

COLUMBIA, SC – Volunteers at St. Peter’s Catholic Church are preparing 400 backpacks to distribute to homeless people this Christmas.

“There is nothing difficult to do. If you are called upon to do it, it’s easy, ”said Volunteer Coordinator Robert Keeder.

Keeder says he has been doing an annual bag distribution in St. Peter’s for 36 years. He says that initially there weren’t a lot of resources available in the area to help homeless people.

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“We realized that because of that there would be a greater need because no one was doing it. So we decided to go ahead and say ‘okay can we make a difference? “,” Keeder said.

The bags are filled with woolen hats, woolen gloves, toiletries and hand warmers. They are given to people who are in shelters and live on the streets of downtown Columbia.

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“I think it will make the winter warmer for them,” said volunteer Kelly Tillis. “We joined the church and that was part of what was going on at the church. We liked the ministries that were here and we wanted to get involved.”

The distribution takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas Day at the church.

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