LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles County has been described as the “homeless capital” of the nation with close to 60,000 people living without homes, according to the United Way.
But on Saturday, a record crowd of more than 13,000 people took a stand against homelessness.
They joined Los Angeles Lakers all-star guard Kobe Bryant during the 7th annual United Way HomeWalk in Exposition Park.
The five-kilometer run and walk got underway at 9 a.m. with Bryant serving as honorary chairman for the third year in a row.
“I’m sure everybody here is not a Laker fan,” said Bryant while addressing the crowd.
He continued, “I see some Clipper shirts and I’m sure there’s a Boston Celtics fan somewhere. But the most important thing — the thing that unites all of us — is that we can inspire and challenge each other to be better and do something great for each other.”
Christine Marge, the director of housing & financial stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles, told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that organizers hoped to raise $1 million from the day’s event.