Pay It Forward: Pair donates clothing and water to Savannah’s homeless

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Extreme heat isn’t kind to any of us, but imagine not having a place to cool off or having access to water or other resources.

There is a saying that “many hands do light work”.

Twenty-year-old Marcus Jackson and Tyson Speaks know this all too well.

“Water, clothes, socks. Anything that helps neighbors, we distribute,” Marcus said.

They are volunteers of Divine Rest, Incorporated, a local non-profit organization that provides supplies and services to people in need. The “neighbours” are people who live in camps all over the city.

“It makes me feel good to know that someone who isn’t as blessed as me, that I’m able to give back, at least a little something,” Tyson said. “And that something, they will cherish and they will be grateful for. So, it just gives a good feeling to know that.

You can call them the dynamic duo. Not only do Marcus and Tyson handle a lot of the heavy lifting, but they’re also the outreach coordinators for the program.

Georgette Jackson is Marcus’ grandmother and the founder of the organization.

“They’ve been so phenomenal and it’s great to see young men willing to come out and not afraid to get their hands dirty, not afraid to serve others,” Georgette said. ” It’s essential. They have a heart to serve others and that blesses my heart.

Their goal is to make sure those who feel invisible are seen and taken care of by offering conversation and a bit of comfort from the elements.

“We actually want to connect with them because they’re real people,” Marcus said. “I don’t think people see them as real people. They just think, ‘oh, people on the side of the road’, you know what I mean? So it’s good to have their names and try to keep in touch with them. Everything they need. Contact us and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Small gestures that make a big difference in the lives of others because they believe that when one neighbor helps another, we strengthen our communities.

Divine Rest, Incorporated is still accepting donations. The agency is also gearing up for its annual fundraising gala which fuels its vision to provide a home for homeless women locally.


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