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'Knight Riders' feed and protect the homeless every Wednesday for 11 straight years

"I wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for these guys."

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Helping Hands Ministries in Highland Heights continues its mission to feed and protect the homeless.

For the past 11 years, a team of volunteers called the “Knight Riders” has never missed a Wednesday to drop off food, clothes and other supplies to help those who need it most, especially on one of the coldest days of the year.

“Rain or shine or snow, it doesn’t matter,” volunteer John Denholm said.

The Knight Riders pass out home cooked meals to at least 40 homeless people every week. 

In Cleveland, there could be more than 4,000 homeless people on the streets on any given night, according to the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless.

"It breaks your heart," Denholm said.

The Knight Riders drive all over the city-- through the night-- letting the homeless know they are not forgotten.

Over the years, they have met countless people, fostering a relationship with all of them.

Bobo is one of those people. He lives behind a Marathon gas station at E. 185th Street.

Bobo says he’s been living in the woods behind it on and off for 40 years. The Knight Riders have been helping him for over a decade.

"I wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for these guys," he said.

The group gave him food and a sleeping bag, something he is incredibly grateful for.

"I love you guys,” Bobo said.

The Helping Hands Ministries group helped another man living in the woods near a highway in Downtown Cleveland. He was just thankful to get toilet paper. We followed the group as they went to a homeless man’s tent outside of FirstEnergy Stadium and underneath the Shoreway Bridge at W. 3rd.

"I have a home. I'm warm. A car. and these folks have really nothing,” another volunteer Tom Ambrogio said.

Some of the people the group was looking for were not in their normal spots. The bitter cold may have forced them to go to the shelter. But the volunteers say many of the homeless don’t want to leave, sometimes believing the streets are safer than a shelter.

“They feel they’ll lose what little they have,” Ambrogio said.

To the Knight Riders, everyone is a child of God, including people who deal with homelessness.

It’s an experience that will humble anyone and seeing it first hand has certainly touched them.

"That’s why we do this. We need to make a difference. We all know this is what the lords called us to do."

And they do so by answering the call—every Wednesday.

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