The United Way's annual Walk for the Homeless was held today throughout downtown Greenville. Thousands rallied together to walk 4 miles along the routes that our local homeless must travel day in and day out to get to the help they need. It was a beautiful fall day for the walk with groups cheering, encouraging one another, and joining together in fellowship for a greater purpose.
The walk began at Flour Field and took us on a trek through downtown neighborhoods, Falls Park, the Swamp Rabbit Trail, through the West End and back to the field for fruit, water, and ice cream! Many teams throughout the Greenville area- businesses, churches, and individual groups- raised money to help benefit the United Way and their efforts.
This walk was a great opportunity to see the city and understand what lower income and homeless families contend with on a daily basis. We passes many who cheered us on and shouted our their thanks which was a reminder, when those legs were burning, at what this walk was all about. Walking through the center of Greenville, by the thousands, all for one purpose, was a great way to showcase what change can be made and what care is within our community for a growing problem- a reality that many are without food, without shelter, without jobs, and without the warmth of having security.