Minister lives in dumpster to bring awareness to homeless problem

By Ryan Korsgard - Reporter

PASADENA, Texas - You will find the green dumpster in front of the Shell convenience store at the intersection of Center and 7505 Spencer Highway in Pasadena.  It is Langdon Cassidy's home through 9 p.m. on Saturday. 

It's his creative way to bring attention to the homeless problem and to get donations of coats and blankets.

"I had a dream about a year ago that I was in a dumpster and that I was receiving things and wasn't sure what it was and I prayed on it and talked to other people about it," said Cassidy. 

He has a sleeping bag and a blanket to sleep at night.  He told Local 2, "The dumpster is hot. It smells. It will get hotter as the day goes on. I use a chair to climb in and out of here."

He has rules that do not allow friends, family or co-workers to help with food or water.  He will survive with the help of strangers.

Donor Patricia Rice, said, "We could all be in this situation. Anybody could be. We got family members, loved ones that could be in that situation. Something has to be done."

On Tuesday, he and his wife will start handing out the coats and blankets that he has gathered. 

Dianne Jenkins, of Pasadena, said, "I think it's awesome...we all need to give back. And if you've got homeless children and families out there that don't have the opportunity to do for their selves, you need to help them."

Cassidy said, "I'm a blessed person and I'm glad to be doing this and I'm glad people are coming out."

He hopes to gather 600 coats and blankets.  His wife is updating his Facebook page, which you can see by clicking here.

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