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Local pastor, community activist collecting coats for homeless people in Virginia Beach

Posted at 8:10 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 20:10:36-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - All across our community, you'll find people determined to make a difference. We want to share the story of one of those people with you today.

Rev. James Risper is a community activist in Virginia Beach. He's raising money and collecting coats, hats, other clothes and blankets to help homeless people living in the city.

Rev. Risper and his team handed out similar items in the Oceanfront area over Thanksgiving weekend. He told News 3 he’s determined to make a difference in Virginia Beach.

"These guys and these ladies and these families that lost their homes — I was one of those at one time, so I understand what they're looking for. It ain't so much as hand-outs; they're looking for somebody to love them ‘cause they're human just like everybody else,” he explained.

Related: Virginia Natural Gas partners with Operation Warm to give away 100 coats to local kids in need

This weekend's handout will happen Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at Mount Olive Baptist Church on Birdneck Road.