'Angel sent from Cape Girardeau' helps others in need - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

'Angel sent from Cape Girardeau' helps others in need

(Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS)

One Heartland man had a vision to help out people in need. So he decided to take action.

James Macklin and his wife formed a foundation and handed out coats and other items to people at the Cape Girardeau Riverfront on Tuesday.

Macklin helped build the "Being A Blessing Foundation" out of Cape Girardeau. He said he wanted to do some good in his community and felt this was something God wanted him to do.

"We've seen homeless people out here so we decided we needed to come out here and help and this is the first thing I thought of," Macklin said. "I wanted it to be a blessing and that's how it started."

So, he gathered donations and help from other organizations in southeast Missouri to help give back.

He had about two dozen donated coats along with feminine products and other items, including food to give out to those in need at a little stand he set up by the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau.

"It just is taking a step out there and being a leader," he said. "Trying to show people that it doesn't matter how old you are you can step out here and do some good in the community. We don't have enough help as it is but I'm just trying to start something good."

Macklin, along with his wife and other organizations such as True Faith Ministries, Morning Glory Covenant Ministries, Monument of Deliverance, and In His Image Ministries, were out in the cold Tuesday just waiting for people to come by.

They ended up only helping about four people, but Macklin said that it's a start and is glad they were able to do that much.

But Macklin was also offering something other than material items.

"I'm hoping to give some hope at least through the winter because the winter's just starting but it started at a high note or a low note because it's pretty cold out here today," he said. "I know if we can stand out here and endure this coldness for five hours then we can help them throughout the winter."

Macklin said this is just the start though. He plans to go bigger each year to come and even hopes to provide shelters and food on a regular basis.

"I just want everybody to know that God loves you and I'm the angel sent from Cape Girardeau to help as many people as I can."

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