Regenerative Medicine Solutions employees noticed several local homeless people in downtown Tampa carrying their belongings in plastic bags. They decided to help, organizing a drive called 50 Ways to Lend a Hand to raise backpacks and supplies.
TAMPA, Fla. – January 29, 2016 Regenerative Medicine Solutions (RMS) employees distributed 40 backpacks filled with supplies to local homeless people in downtown Tampa last week. Every day employees walk past homeless people sitting in the park or on benches outside of the office building. Inspired by another local program called Give B.A.C.K., RMS Gives developed the 50 Ways to Lend a Hand Project, and spent several months gathering supplies like backpacks, clothes, first aid supplies, snacks and more to distribute to people in need.
“They need to know that they are valued. They need to know they are not forgotten.”
“Each day as I walk into work, I pass numerous homeless folks and my heart breaks,” stated RMS employee Laura Pinner. “They need to know that they are valued. They need to know they are not forgotten.”
Employees researched the true needs of our local homeless population, and stuffed the packs with items like plastic bags, rubber bands, toilet paper, socks, hats, razors, deodorant, soap, water bottles, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer and much more. The backpacks were distributed just before several cold days hit Tampa, and the recipients seemed relieved, even if just for a moment, the upcoming cold nights on their minds. Employees walked out on their lunch break, armed with backpacks, and sought out people under blankets and in bus stop shelters. All of the recipients were very thankful. Some laughed and told jokes, a few asked to pick out the color of their bags and others were too shy to say anything at all.
According to the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative, there are over 1,900 men, women and children are sleeping on the streets on any given night in Hillsborough County. Of that number, 38 percent are female, 19 percent are under the age of 18, 16 percent have served in the U.S. Military and 43 percent report having a disability (physical, mental health or developmental). Of those asked, 55 percent of Tampa’s homeless report that the reason for their homelessness is lack of employment or financial hardship.
While there are limited resources and temporary housing opportunities available for many homeless people, they are not as abundant as one might think. With the 50 Ways to Lend a Hand project, employees sought to send a message of love, to let them know that they are thought of and cared for.
“My spirit and heart soared as we gave out those backpacks to our brothers and sisters living on the streets,” Pinner added. “Their eyes lit up when they received these gifts. Little do they know what it did for each one of us who participated in bringing loving care to them.”
RMS encourages other local business to become more educated about the reality of homelessness in the area, and get involved with great organizations like Give B.A.C.K., Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative, Homeless Helping Homeless or Trinity Cafe.
About Regenerative Medicine Solutions
Regenerative Medicine Solutions (RMS), founded in 2012, is a premier medical management company, supporting the Lung Institute by progressing the field of regenerative cellular medicine. Based in Tampa, Fla., RMS provides support, strategy and resources to the Lung Institute, placing them at the forefront of cellular therapy advancements. RMS, currently experiencing rapid growth, is creating new jobs nationwide. Current expansion plans include international growth within the next three years. For more information, visit www.myregenmed.com or call (877) 867-4551.