BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Hymns echo off the underside of the Trevor Sims Bridge Memorial Bridge each Sunday afternoon.
It's fitting that the bridge, named for a young boy who's final wish as he lost his battle with cancer was to feed the homeless, has become a meeting spot for group trying to do just that.
"What I like about it is they know we're going to be here. They know they can count on us on 2 o'clock on Sundays," said volunteer Linda Wilson.
Every Sunday a few groups gather to feed those who are in need. Most Sundays, that's 100 to 150 people. While they pass out food, volunteers sing gospel songs or offer a few sermons.
The volunteers are loosely organized. Some are from local churches. Others are from groups like Inner U and Caring and Sharing. However, they all have the same goal.
"It's about doing what God wants us to do for our fellow man and that's about helping them. If we can help someone that's what we're supposed to do," said volunteer Roger Roane.
It's also about revealing the need that's often hidden in the corners of our city. The Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless estimates there are 900 homeless people living in Baton Rouge at any time.
"It could be me under this bridge," said volunteer Wyanda Collins. "But, thank God for his grace and mercy."
The meals are paid for out of the pockets of volunteers. The help comes from whoever wants to stop by any given Sunday afternoon.
"Come see what's going on. Just see what's involved," said Collins.
"We're in church three and four times a week. If we were to get outside the walls and into the community we would see there is a great need," said Wilson.