Local organizations help hundreds of families in Prince William County hidden tent communities

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. -- After seeing DCW50's reports concerning the homeless tent communities in Prince William County, HomeAid Northern Virginia and Seva Truck teamed up to make a difference for those in need.

Help arrived Monday for hundreds of people in Prince William County who live in the hidden tent communities and are preparing for the coldest months of the year.

Local organizations donated everything from hot meals, to backpacks full of snacks and cold weather gear.

“Seva means commitment to life-long service, serving your community, and fellow man and woman,” explained Sonny Karkar, Executive Director of Seva Truck.

Karkar launched the non-profit food truck in April, he says the need is tremendous.

“We are in some of the richest counties in the country.  Fairfax County, Montgomery County, Loudon County, yet there’s so much hunger, so much food insecurity amongst kids, veterans, and families,” explained Karkar.

As for the backpacks, they were not just for homeless kids.

“When you live out in the woods you don’t have a place to store stuff, put your medicines, your valuables, important documents, like drivers licenses or birth certificates, and these are things you need to be able to get a job,” explained Christy Zeitz, Executive Director for HomeAid Northern Virginia.

DCW50 went into the woods with volunteers, Monday, to deliver the backpacks.  There were only a couple people home.  One tent community resident said almost everyone else was at work.

Working during the day, sleeping on the ground at night.

A reality for almost 60 percent of the homeless population in Prince William County, according to data released in 2013 by the Council of Governments.