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Vidalia bike shop, customers help Savannah homeless

(Source: Junior Elkatib) (Source: Junior Elkatib)
(Source: Junior Elkatib) (Source: Junior Elkatib)
(Source: Junior Elkatib) (Source: Junior Elkatib)
VIDALIA, GA (WTOC) -

Junior Elkatib has local friends who've carried supplies to the homeless in Savannah. But a trip with them gave him a mission.

"We went the week after the hurricane and it was definitely a sight to see if you'd ever seen it and knew where they were," he explained.

They carried clothes and supplies and just a handful of tents, way less than those who needed them.

"When people came up asking for one of the tents and we had to say we were out, you could just see the sad look on their faces. I said I was not going back without at least 100 tents to take with me,” he added.

This weekend, local veterans and motorcycle clubs brought bags of clothes and tents by the dozens. Elkatib hopes for 30 more to make his goal and deliver to Savannah this Sunday. He's grateful to loyal friends and customers who have compassion for those who have little of anything.

"You'd be surprised how many people respond when the man upstairs gives a little push, and that's usually how it is," he noted.

They hope to do this on a regular basis. Donors can drop off new or used clothes, shoes, supplies or tents between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. until Saturday at Leather, Love and Freedom on SW Main Street in Vidalia. 

He also hopes others will look for ways to help the same group or homeless people wherever they can.

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