BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) — A second rising WKU student continues to make a difference in the homeless community.
It’s an endeavor he began when he was just thirteen, as Amy Bingham explains in this week’s View from the Hill.
Amy Intro: Rain or shine, hot or cold, even the day after the December tornadoes, Ryan Depp feeds the homeless on Saturday mornings in downtown Bowling Green.
“I usually look forward to it even when it’s cold or something like that and even though I’m not particularly impatient, I still get up and do it.”
Ryan Depp has been serving the homeless community since 2016.
“I know a lot of them. We have known each other for years. We both know each other by name. “
Ryan was only thirteen when he started looking for ways to help.
“Previously, we also made blankets, socks and shoes, but it became too complex to manage, so we went back to food only.”
Along with his father Doug, Ryan feeds forty to eighty people each week.
“He helped me from the start. He was really instrumental in making the plans and he was the one who always helped me get things done and get them ready.
Ryan says it was his own battle with depression as a young teenager that set him on this path.
“I went through a long period of depression and other types of issues and this experience kind of opened me up to seeing other issues in the world and starting to see other people’s issues and suffering.”
Seeing that the homeless were generally ignored, he created “Ryan’s Making a Difference Outreach”, an official 501-C3 non-profit organization.
Even though he’s in college now, Ryan has no intention of slowing down. In fact, he hopes to inspire others to take action as well.
“The main takeaway would be that if you feel you can’t do anything, I believe you can and if you think about it, you can make a difference in the world.”
Ryan says rising costs have made donations more important than ever. If you would like to donate or volunteer, head over to Ryan’s Making a Difference Outreach Facebook page.
Ryan says they accept both cash and gift cards.
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