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Feb 15, 2014 12:47 AM by Kathy Kuretich

Making a Difference: One man's solo mission to help the homeless

On foot, by bike or or by car, Christopher Lee gets around the streets of Santa Maria - not to get somewhere - but to give something to the those who live there.

He knows their names. He knows their stories. Tuesday, he brought a sandwich and drink to a man named Curly, who was sitting outside a strip mall.
"He's a veteran. He risked his life for the freedom we have today," said Christopher.

He knows how to lift their day with simple acts of kindness.

He gives what he can out of his own pocket. He'll sit and listen, and he finds a common thread between them.

Because that's what he remembers most when he was there.

"I would be out here at night. I remember going to sleep and the sound of the freeway it was kind of relaxing in a way," he said.

At 15, Christopher left what he says was an abusive home and lived under a bridge in Santa Maria.

He remembers what it was like to go without. So now he's on a solo mission to make sure they don't have to.

"In part it's selfish in a way, maybe it validates my purpose for being here," he said.

He doesn't give money, just food, clothes, and blankets.

"There's two types of people out there on the streets right now. There's people out there who hold signs asking for money and people who hold signs making money. It still doesn't stop me from feeding people who need it," Christopher said.

He says we call can do the same.

"They just want people to talk to. People pass by them all the time," he said. "It's really about connection. Once you connect with someone you're like wow, this person is just like me."

You can follow Christopher on his Facebook page, Changing Lives by clicking here https://www.facebook.com/helpchangealife

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