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A city effort to had out vests not just for the homeless

By Michelle Frizalone, mfrizalone@ktxs.com
Published On: Feb 08 2013 07:33:43 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

Several pedestrians have died recently after being struck by vehicles. Some of them were homeless.

It's why Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge started a drive to provide reflective vests for their safety.

This comes after several pedestrian accidents involving the homeless. It has been one month since a homeless woman was hit and killed by a truck while crossing South 1st. St.

It prompted law enforcement and a local ministry to step in and help.

Love and Care Ministries Pastor Mark Hewitt, whose outreach helps the homeless, has been receptive to the idea.

"It's important because we've lost a lot of homeless hit by cars or by trains,” Hewitt said.

They've been passing vests out for the last month and they are there for everyone.

"Whoever wants one take it,” Hewitt said. “It's not just for the homeless.”

“Not everyone is going to want one, but people are taking them and that's what we're excited about."

All the vests were donated and Chief Standridge wants to thank local businesses for their support.

A prayer vigil will be held this Sunday for all the homeless people who've died in traffic fatalities.

If you'd like to attend it is on Sunday from 2p.m.-3p.m. in the afternoon at South 1st & Mockingbird around the railroad area.

There's also an open house at Love and Care Ministries from 3p.m.-5p.m. on Sunday.