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Hike for the Homeless Draws Big Crowds, Support 

Four area communities came together Saturday to support those less fortunate at the Hike for the Homeless.

For the 20th year in a row people hiked to raise money and awareness for the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.

Groups hiked from Bangor, Brewer, Hampden and Hermon. Organizers say the event grows each year.

“People around this community have always proven that they want to give and they want to serve and they just prove it every year to us and to the homeless shelter and to the homeless themselves,” said John Dougherty, VP, Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.

“A lot of people don’t understand. They think that homeless people that are on the street corner are druggies and alcoholics and the money you give them is going to go toward beer or cigarettes which isn’t always true. I had someone give me money once and I spent it on something I actually needed,” said Makenna Kruder, a Shaw House resident.

The homeless shelter hopes to raise about $20,000 from the hike.