Yes, there is a pandemic.
Yes, the skies opened up Saturday afternoon and doused volunteers in Norfolk who were waving and hoping drivers would stop and donate money.
No, Regina Darden and more than 200 volunteers were not deterred as her H.O.P.E. Foundation held its second annual World Homeless Day telethon from the Murray Center in Norfolk.
“Homelessness is just a situation, it’s not who you are,” Darden said to cameras inside the center which were streaming the fundraiser on Facebook. “So many of us are one paycheck from being homeless. This could be any one of us….Give us a chance to give someone else a chance.”
Darden started H.O.P.E. Foundation — Helping Others Pursue Excellence — from her Virginia Beach home four years ago after she said God put it in her heart to feed and house the homeless.
Darden has been handling the bulk of the feeding part