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Homeless cancer survivor volunteers to help others

Andrew Hopkins Andrew Hopkins
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Andrew Hopkins is one of the most dedicated volunteers at Feeding Hawaii Together.

"Andrew is an all-around person. He'll do anything for anybody. He's very patient with people," said Executive Director Charlie Lorenz.

On this day, Hoskins is a flurry of activity. He's moving from shopping cart to shopping cart, helping distribute food to those in need.

"I love it. I wouldn't do nothing but this. This is my calling," he says.

His energy belies his age. It also hides the fact that the 52 year old is a cancer survivor, who happens to be homeless. Hoskins says he's been homeless for 3 ½ years. He lost his job with a security firm, and with Honolulu's high cost of living, soon lost his home.

He never, however, lost his ideals.

"My mom always told me 'Andrew, no matter what situation you're in, there's always somebody worse.'"

Even as he went through treatment for prostate cancer, which he says he beat, Andrew kept volunteering. Day in and day out, he helps distribute food at the center, which is donated by the Hawaii Foodbank.

"Last year because of Hawaii Foodbank, we were able to give away 3,000,160 pounds of food," noted Lorenz.

At times, Andrew has been a recipient in addition to being a volunteer. While he's actively searching for housing, he says already found so much more.

"If I could change a child's life---feed them---I'm the happiest man in the world. I love people. I love giving."

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