Sep 26, 2011 9:01 PM by Trovette Tottress

15 year-old continues his charity bike ride to help the homeless

15-year old Thomas Jessop is continuing his charity bike ride this afternoon after speaking to city leaders about helping the homeless.

Most 15 year-olds seek attention for themselves, but not Thomas Jessop. He's hoping to bring attention to something else, the half -homeless.

"It means you've got a vehicle, you've got a little bubble of your own space, but you're homeless", said Thomas Jessop. "You don't have a house. You don't have a piece of land that's yours."

Thomas knows first hand what its like to be half-homeless. He and his family were forced to live in their vehicle for a short period of time.

"I've lived through being woken up by cops 2 a.m. in the morning... being told what you're doing just to survive is illegal", said Thomas Jessop. "I don't want anyone to experience that."

That's why he's pedaling his message across the country. He's riding coast to coast on a charity bike ride. Last year at age 14, Tomas rode his bike from Santa Barbara, California, to Washington, DC. He traveled nearly five thousand miles.

"The entire country takes on an entirely different perspective when you see it about twenty miles per hour", said Thomas Jessop.

He's also making stops at City Halls and local churches to bring attention to his cause.

"Lots of cities have laws against parking on the street in your vehicle. And quite often that causes people to lose their vehicle, and end up in a shelter, and be just worse off and having a harder time getting back on their feet", said Thomas Jessop.

Thomas says his faith in knowing they're people out there that care is what keeps him going.

"It's the feeling I get after I've gone to church and I've told people about this. That's a wonderful feeling to have people actually validate what you're doing is a great thing for other people", said Thomas Jessop.

It's a great deed he's doing for others to ensure they get a good night's rest.




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