Woman's Cross-country Odyssey Raises Awareness About Homelessness

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More than 1.5 million people have spent at least one night in a homeless shelter in the past year, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. And since the recession began, more families — 170,000 in the past year — are seeking shelter. With numbers like those, it's hard to put a face on homelessness. But that's exactly what 25-year-old Shay Kelley is doing in her cross-country odyssey to meet and help feed the homeless.

Shay became homeless after bad luck combined with the recession left her without a job or a place to live. So she decided to hit the road, traveling to 50 states in 50 weeks. She's also going door to door, collecting canned goods.  So far, she's donated more than 10,000 canned goods to food banks.  We speak to Shay Kelley, along with one of the women she's helped along the way, Laurie Holleman Sherrod of South Carolina.  Sherrod's  son, Trey Smith, is homeless and living in California.

This segment aired on November 22, 2010.


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