If you have lived in the Portland Oregon Metro Area for any length of time, you have probably seen him around. The man who wares a tan Carheart cap and tinted glasses. He slings a black bag over his shoulder and opens it to hand out food to the homeless.
I met the man they call the Renegade today, only this time he was the one who needed help. I have made donations to Anarchy Empowered before and I know first hand that the money given goes to the men and women who it was intended for. I know this because today the Burgundy 2001 Pathfinder had to pull over to the side of the road, because the man I am talking about refuses to use the money donated to his site for anything other than food and water for those who need it most.
I pulled behind him and saw six large boxes of canned goods and the back seat was filled to the floor boards with bottled water. I knew then who I was dealing with. “You are the Renegade!” I stated.
The middle aged man smiled under his sunglasses and nodded. “This food needs to go to those for whom it was bought. But I am out of gas.” I was honored to have a chance to help as the food banks are depleted and Anarchy Empowered has stepped up to the plate.
He had a gas can I took him to fill it. I got the chance to hand out food with a local legend. Thanks for picking up the slack.