DICKSON, Tenn. - They're not your typical charity organizers.
“We’re out here to break the stereotype. You see the dreads, you see the beard, people are like man that’s a thug,” said Marcus Talley.
However, Talley and his friend are far from it. “We want to show people that the young, African American population can help out a community as well,” explained Talley.
Talley and Brandon Lewis have known each other for more than a decade. They've seen the need for help in Dickson and Dickson County so this year they're doing something about it.
“We’ve helped about six or seven families already,” said Lewis.
Their charity, #GASCharity stands for "giving assistance selflessly" and it has one focus, to make sure families who need help during the holidays get it.
“Nothing is too small, I don’t want anybody to think oh we got one pair of shoes, well that’s one pair of shoes that somebody didn’t have,” said Talley.
He grew up in Charlotte, a small town north of Dickson and knows how families in need can be forgotten in rural areas. “If the next person next door don’t have it then you don’t get it,” said Talley.
So they're going door to door, collecting donations that will be given out in Dickson. It's a feat they've never attempted before,Talley's 7-year-old daughter, Mikayla, he's doing just fine so far.
“He helps everybody that’s hurt and I love him a lot," she said.
“We’ll take everything, we just want to help people, that’s all we want to do,” said Talley.
The duo plans to hold an event the night of Dec. 9 at P&L Events in downtown Dickson to bring in more donations which will be available for families in need to pick up on Dec. 10 in the same location; 200 Church St. Dickson, TN.
If you'd like to make a donation you can contact Talley at 615-512-5246 or reach him on his Facebook page.