Volunteers panhandle, raise money and awareness for homeless

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A group of 80 volunteers spent Saturday out on the street, panhandling to raise money and awareness for the Valley's homeless population. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A group of 80 volunteers spent Saturday out on the street, panhandling to raise money and awareness for the Valley's homeless population. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
After collecting $2,000 in generous donations, this group of volunteers served an Italian feast and even rented a snow cone truck for about 250 homeless men and women in downtown Phoenix. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) After collecting $2,000 in generous donations, this group of volunteers served an Italian feast and even rented a snow cone truck for about 250 homeless men and women in downtown Phoenix. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
"It was hot, it was humbling, but at the end of the day, it was amazing," said volunteer David Gillette. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) "It was hot, it was humbling, but at the end of the day, it was amazing," said volunteer David Gillette. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A group of 80 volunteers spent Saturday, not at the pool or at the movies, but out on the street, panhandling to raise money and awareness for the Valley's homeless population.

"It was hot, it was humbling, but at the end of the day, it was amazing," said volunteer David Gillette.

Gillette and dozens of other volunteers immersed themselves in it in Gilbert.

"Today, 100 degrees and humid, it was pretty brutal, but it was a great example and reminder of what our homeless community deals with every single day," said Gillette.

"It's the middle of July and it's very hot, and the fact that our homeless community, our brothers and sisters come out and do this not by choice," said Rock Point Church Pastor, Brandon Beebe.

After collecting $2,000 in generous donations, this group of volunteers served an Italian feast and even rented a snow cone truck for about 250 homeless men and women in downtown Phoenix.

"We had one person gave us $300 in cash," said Shannon Gillette. "We had people giving us 20 dollar bills."

"You can't understand or empathize with someone cause unless you live it," Beebe said.

"I've been homeless a couple of times in the past, I'm homeless right now," said Roy Larkin, who enjoyed the dinner. He said this will hopefully get the large homeless population in the Phoenix metro area more help. 

"All the homeless needs the support they can get instead of being harassed," Larkin said. 

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Lindsey ReiserLindsey Reiser is a Scottsdale native and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

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Lindsey returned to the Valley in 2010 after covering border and immigration issues in El Paso, TX. While in El Paso she investigated public corruption, uncovered poor business practices, and routinely reported on the violence across the border.

Lindsey feels honored to have several awards under her belt, including a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award, Hearst Journalist Award, and several National Broadcast Education Association Awards.

Lindsey is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and she currently serves as a mentor to journalism students. She studied for a semester in Alicante, Spain and also earned a degree in Spanish at ASU.

She is proud to serve as a member of United Blood Services’ Community Leadership Council, a volunteer advisory board for the UBS of Arizona.

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