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Medical Lake helping Spokane's homeless with backpacks

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Rick Clark has a lot of clothes and toiletries piled up in his house. But they're not for him. They're for the homeless.

Clark started collecting donations after he made a Facebook post that went viral. In the post, he wrote about his encounter with a homeless man on Saint Patrick's Day.

"I went and introduced myself and gave him a package of donuts, and that was it. And he thanked me," said Clark. "And as I walked away, he was just devouring them."

It was then that Clark felt a calling to help this man.

"He could have asked for a million things, but all he wanted was clothes because he'd been in these clothes forever. They were filthy, and I said 'If you could meet me back here Friday at noon, I'll have you some clothes," said Clark.

Clark petitioned for help on social media, and donations started pouring in.

"I went back Friday afternoon. He wasn't there," said Clark.

But Clark didn't want to stop the momentum. He decided to pack everything that was donated into backpacks and pass them out to the homeless in Spokane.

"I'm just a heartbeat from where these guys are, and I would love it if someone would shake my hand and let me know that I'm not alone out here," said Clark.

For more information on the backpacks project, click here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Giving-Back-Packs/900350030015648

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