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Bicycle ministry helps care for homeless Memphians

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(WMC-TV) – We're sending out a High 5 - to a group of Memphians who are making a difference in the lives of those who live on the streets.

They call themselves the Urban Bike Food Ministry (UBFM), and every Wednesday night they take to the streets of Memphis handing out food and supplies to anyone in need.

On Wednesday, one of the coldest nights so far this year, we followed along.

Rev. Tommy Clark with Cumberland Presbyterian is the founder of UBFM.

"I've been in the cycling community, more of a cycling advocate for several years and so I wanted to create something with my own unique touch," Clark explained.  "One night I bought some stuff to make some burritos, I figured it'd be easy to make. And I ended up making like 15 burritos and I got on my bike and just started riding around town by myself and I found somebody that looked like they were in need I'd give them a burrito and say hey what's your name." Clark said.

"I ask if they had any concerns or prayers and just talked to them and tell them that hey look just to let you know I'm thinking about you.  And I care about you.  The response was great, some people gave me hugs, some high fives. Some people prayed with me. It was something I didn't expect."  Clark said.

Clark's idea blossomed into a non-profit the serves the community of Memphis every Wednesday night. Instead of 15 burritos, they prepare as much as 300 and hand out clothes, blankets, water bottles and care packages. A small act that makes a difference in many people's lives.

"A lot of the guys around here be expecting them," said recipient Toni Whitfield.  "It's so cold, anybody that's out here tonight, I just pray for them.  They do a real good job," Whitfield added.

Clark says they are no fixing homelessness or offering any long term solution. Instead they focus on hospitality and love. Recognizing each person as a human being.

"We're gonna allow people to know that we care about them," said Clark.

The group meets every Wednesday night, rain or shine.  If you would like to help, either to donate items or to deliver them, visit ubfm.org.

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