Atlanta based non-profit, Project U First, has stepped up to help the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the pandemic began several months ago, the group has distributed over 16,000 "love bags" to Atlanta's homeless community. The love bags contain health and hygiene products, which these individuals do not typically have easy access to, as well as inspiring messages. “We are everywhere. We are in parks, we are in the encampments and under bridges,” says founder Erica Wright.
With six years of experience helping the homeless in Atlanta as well as firsthand experience from being homeless herself, founder Erica Wright has a passion for helping her community and holds an deep understanding for the community's needs, especially during these trying times. “We’re giving items out, but we’re also giving compassion and conversation and love,” Wright said. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has marginalized the homeless community, many worry of the possibility of the spread of the virus, to which Wright adds "If our homeless are not clean and they don’t have the things that they need, it is definitely going to affect our environment.”
Want to help? You can contribute to Project U First's mission by purchasing something off of their Amazon wishlist.