CINCINNATI — Maslow's Army's bus hit the road Monday night as the snow and temperatures dropped, on a mission to help those experiencing homelessness in Cincinnati.
The nonprofit stopped at Fountain Square to hand out items like hats, gloves, sleeping bags, blankets and hand warmers. People who boarded the bus within the first 45 minutes after its arrival also received a hot meal.
"This is a godsend," Rhea Aker, a veteran experiencing homelessness, said. "This is the first time being served, being on the other side."
After serving people at Fountain Square, Maslow's Army drove around the city, looking for people in need of some warmth.
According to Maslow's Army, the number of people experiencing homelessness has increased by 38% this year; so the need for help is greater than in years past.
But people have stepped up.
"We have had an excellent outpouring from the community," said Sam Landis, the executive director of Maslow's Army. "People bringing down blankets and sleeping bags, hand warmers, gloves, hats. There's always a need for fuel as these buses are going to be out in inclement weather."
If you'd like to volunteer or make a donation to Maslow's Army, you can visit their website here.