Local Woman Organizes Blanket Drive as Tribute to Late Homeless Man

By KOLR10 News

Published 11/23 2013 10:36AM

Updated 11/23 2013 10:56AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Springfield woman has organized a blanket drive for homeless people in the area in memory of a local homeless man who died last week.
The event organizer, Deb Chisum, saw and spoke with "Lee the Bicycle Man" often.

“I was amazed and very humbled by this man who lived under the bridge for so many years with apparently little to nothing, but felt he had plenty,”Chisum said. “We never saw him on the street with a sign asking for anything – ever.”

For many years Lee lived under a bridge off of Highway 13, Springfield residents report seeing him pushing his bike to and from his camp everyday.

Lee's death last week sparked Deb McCoy Chisum to take action.

Residents are collecting blankets and other donations today in Lee's honor, the drive is taking place now until 2 p.m. at Carpet Barn on Hwy 13.
The Salvation Army announced in a press release that they will be distributing all of the blankets collected at today's drive. 

Chism says area residents offered Lee winter coats, warm blankets, tents and even money, to which he would reply, "your heart is in the right place, but give those things to someone who really needs them. I have plenty and I don't have room for any more stuff."

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