With temperatures already in the 90s, it looks like summer has arrived in Nashville.
Every summer the Nashville Rescue Mission gives away thousands of bottles of water to homeless men, women and children who are facing another hot season.
This year, 7-year-old Jacob Head is challenging people in the community to get out and help Nashville’s homeless with much needed water.
For the last two years, Jacob, from Westmoreland, TN, has collected blankets, hats, scarves and gloves for Nashville’s homeless donating more than 140 sets this past winter.
But this summer, as the temperatures rise, Jacob says the homeless need just as much help staying cool.
"Ever since it started to get warmer Jacob has been saying momma we need to get water, so he did," said Felicia Head, Jacob’s mother.
Jacob says he pulled out the phone book and started calling people asking for bottle water donations. With the help of the community and his family he was able to deliver more than 1,200 bottles to the Nashville Rescue Mission.
“Jacob truly has a heart for helping the homeless,” said Cliff Tredway, Director of PR and Marketing for the Mission. “In fact, on Friday, June 26, Jacob came to the Mission to join the ‘Hot Patrol’ team in handing out water to the homeless. It’s amazing to see this level of compassion from a boy his age.”
“After we donated the water, Jacob kept asking me if he could come and help hand the water out,” said mom Felicia. “I think he really wanted to see the faces of the men, women and children he’s helping. I knew if he had the chance to do this, it would make a huge impact on him. I’m just so proud of him.”
But it doesn’t stop there, Jacob is challenging everyone in the community to make phone calls and bring in even more bottled water to help hydrate the homeless. If you’d like to donate water, the Mission’s Donation Center is located at 616 7th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203 and is open Monday through Saturday from 7 am to 7 pm for your convenience.